Palace asks Duterte to observe due process

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

MANILA -- A Palace official on Sunday reminded public servants, including Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, to observe due process in dealing with violators of the law, including rice smuggling.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration follows the principle of being a government of laws and not of men.

"Kailangan naman po ang lahat ng mga opisyal ng pamahalaan, sila man ay nasa pambansa o sa lokal na pamahalaan, ay kilalanin ang mga proseso ng batas dahil tayo po ay government of laws, not of men," he said on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

He issued the statement following reports that Duterte had threatened rice smugglers with death and he was willing to be in jail just to protect the interests of farmers.

Coloma said the Palace is confident Duterte is aware of his responsibilities as a public official.

"At paalala lang sa lahat ng mga lingkod-bayan na tayo po ang dapat na magpairal ng rule of law," he said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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