Duterte: ‘Arrest illegal recruiters’

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered barangay officials on Sunday to closely monitor those recruiting in their areas, as he likened illegal recruiters to drug pushers in his list of most wanted criminals.

“Kamong mga illegal recruiters, dili nako magstorya ug daghan. I have placed you in the category of drug pushers. Maluoy ko anang atong mga kapwa Pilipino na dili na makauli sa Pilipinas because they are sold to the slave market. Wala na tay balita sa ilaha kung gikatay na ba sila didto o unsa (To all illegal recruiters, let’s make this short. I pity Filipinos who cannot go back to the Philippines because they have been sold to the slave market. We don’t know how they are doing, we don’t even know if they are still alive),” Duterte said during his weekly television program "Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa."

Duterte was referring to reports that Dabawenyos recruited to work in Qatar but ended up working in Iraq, where there is an ongoing armed conflict.


He reiterated his order to barangay officials: arrest illegal recruiters preying on their constituents.

He told all barangay captains to strictly monitor entry of recruiters in their respective villages and arrest any recruiters who could not present valid credentials and permits.

In a previous command conference, Duterte directed the authorities and all 182 barangay chiefs, including barangay tanods who would serve as police auxiliary, to keep a keen eye out against illegal recruiters, especially those preying on young girls.

“I also told the barangay captains to be alert... pag kayo may na balitaan na meron nag re-recruit sa area n'yo, well, I do not want to insult anybody here pero yung mga bakla, especially those recruiting minors, paghulihin ninyo yan. Kasi kung legit naman yan, they should have their office," Duterte said.

Duterte said Davao City is a “very dangerous ground” for illegal recruiters who will continue to victimize Dabawenyos.

Duterte often warned illegal drug pushers to stay away from the city lest “leave horizontally.” This time, he has made it clear that illegal recruiters are at par with these criminals.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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