Duterte to rogue cops: Get out or die-A A +A
Sunday, June 1, 2014
DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill policemen who are involved in drugs and other illegal activities.
Duterte spelled out his warning as “S-T-O-P–L-I-F-E” during the Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa program aired Sunday morning.
“It’s either ikaw or ako. Sorry na lang. Tan-aw nimo ihawunon na ka, sibat ka na. Ayaw ko ninyo sayuna, dili ko pareha sa uban mayor (If you think your end is near, leave. Don’t take me for granted, I am no ordinary mayor),” he said.
Duterte said the warning is addressed to all Davao City police, from the city director to its officials and down to its members.
The mayor said he received information from the intelligence community that some policemen met up with notorious robbers.
The mayor said he does not expect “akyat-bahay” robberies to stop for as long as policemen associate with them.
"Kung mao ning kalakiha, di nata mahuman aning akyat-bahay (If this is how policemen deal with criminals, then we will not see an end to akyat-bahay robberies),” the mayor said.
He also raised the warning again against policemen who are involved in illegal drugs.
“Ayaw lagi mo sulod anang droga. Pag pumasok kayo sa droga, ang capital nimo diha imong kahago ug imong kinabuhi. You put your life on the line. Wala ko’y pakilamam ug unsay ranggo nimo. Ayaw ko ninyo binuangi ha (Never engage in illegal drugs. Once you deal with it, your life is at risk. I don’t care about your ranks),” he said.
Aside from the police officers, Duterte also said he is closely monitoring the performance of the local government employees under the City Engineer’s Office (CEO) and City Assessor’s Office.
He reiterated his 72-hour transaction policy in all permit-processing departments. The policy, he said, will curb corruption in the City Government of Davao.
“Madunggan nako sa City Engineer’s Office nga naa gyuy pangwarta. Ako pa ninyo ug di ninyo kaya, maayo pag mutransfer na lang mo (I always hear that there’s corruption in the City Engineer’s Office. Better transfer if you can’t handle the job),” he said.
The city mayor also said he might appoint another chief of office in the CEO.
Duterte said the same warning goes to the City Assessor’s Office. “If you are not satisfied with the output, let me know. I myself will file the case before the Ombudsman,” he said.
The 72-hour transaction policy was Duterte’s first marching order to City Hall department heads upon assuming office in June last year.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 02, 2014.