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President vows 2-rank promotion, pardon for police who kill drug lords

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by Genalyn Kabiling

Any policeman who kills a drug lord will be given a two-rank promotion and those who may be charged will be pardoned, President Duterte said Wednesday while speaking at a harvest festival in Nueva Ecija.

“Kaya, maghintay sa promotion ng ano, matagal ‘yan. Pumatay ka na nga diyan,  para… lalo na drug lord, major ka. Two ranks higher,” Duterte said.

CANDLE BLOWER – President Duterte blows the candle on the birthday cake he gave to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her 70th birthday party at her home in La Vista Subdivision, Quezon City, Wednesday. Also at the party were the President’s partner Honeylet Avanceña and the former president’s husband, Jose Miguel. (Alfred Frias/Malacañang photo | Manila Bulletin)

CANDLE BLOWER – President Duterte blows the candle on the birthday cake he gave to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during her 70th birthday party at her home in La Vista Subdivision, Quezon City, Wednesday. Also at the party were the President’s partner Honeylet Avanceña and the former president’s husband, Jose Miguel. (Alfred Frias/Malacañang photo | Manila Bulletin)

Rejecting criticisms of alleged human rights abuses, the President vowed to sustain the campaign against illegal drugs until the last drug lord is neutralized. He bewailed that drug lords have turned four million Filipinos into slaves of the illegal drugs.

“Talagang tatapusin ko yan,” he said of the nation’s drug problem.  “That’s my contract with you. Tatapusin ko talaga yan… Itong mga drug lord na ito, yayariin ko talaga kayo.”

Duterte also promised anew to defend and protect policemen performing their duty but would deal harshly against uniformed personnel involved in the drug trade.

“Go out and hunt for them. Arrest them if it is possible. But if you are confronted violently, placing your life in danger, patayin mo, patayin mo. And that is my order to you and to the military,” he said.

He reiterated that he would grant absolute pardon and promotion to policemen who will be found guilty of drug killings.

“The President shall have the power to pardon a convict. Absolute or conditional. Pag convicted, ibig sabihin, ibigay mo sa judge. Pagkatapos ng basa – ‘you’re hereby sentenced to prison to serve life’ – bigay mo pardon, ayan. Absolute. Restored to full and political and civil rights,” he said.

“Another order – reinstatement with one rank higher. Ayaw mo pa niyan?” he added.

KILLING OF 2 COEDS DECRIED

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones yesterday decried the “senseless and violent” murder of two female students by an alleged drug addict early this week in Siquijor and called on to the public to support the government’s war on drugs.

“The unnecessary demise of these two young lives dramatizes the need to support the government’s campaign against the use of illegal drugs,” said Briones in an official statement.

On April 2, Sunday, two female students were reportedly killed by a “known user of illegal drugs” in Siquijor.  The two victims, 17-year-old Loreen Ramirez and 21-year-old Jan Nicole Piñero had reportedly travelled to Siquijor to show support for their boyfriends who were both participants in an international long board competition.

Ramirez was reportedly from Makati and attended the event to watch her boyfriend – a foreign exchange student in Silliman University – compete in the contest. Piñero, on the other hand, was the only daughter of Silliman faculty member Prof. Dionisio Piñero.

“While  much attention has been placed on the human rights of drug users, pushers,, and financiers, not much focus was given to the victims and their families whose lives were destroyed  as a result of the careless, mindless, and selfish choices of these addicts,” Briones, a former chairperson of the Silliman University, said.

Reports, said the students were killed by a participant in the contest said to be a “known user of illegal substances.” Reports said that the suspect targeted Ramirez’s boyfriend but ended up stabbing the girl instead. He also reportedly stabbed Piñero who had rushed to help her friend.

To support the drive against drugs, Secretary Briones said that DepEd is strengthening its National Drug Education Program  to “create age-appropriate awareness among students as early as the age of nine” as part of DepEd’s “commitment to prevent drug use and abuse among learners and to curb the many drug-related incidents in the country.” (With a report from Merlina Hernandez Malipot)

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  • FedUpWithWelfareStates

    This is the ONE thing that Citizens all around the world, who desire to see a STOP to the Illegal drug Menace & the crimes that accompany it, can fully support Duterte on…everything else that that wild & crazy guy does, not so much, but good luck anyway!

  • BRNXNY

    As an attorney, DU30 knows how to say the right words. He is playing with words when he said “2 rank promotions for those who kill drug lords”. However that’s not the end of the paragraph. Remember he always follow it with “kill if they violently resist”. Therefore these scalawags who kills drug lords beyond justice will not be up for promotions.

  • Juan Barili

    Nut job. What a lack of verbal skills.

    • Cheap Tuesdays

      What do you mean? The f@$&#n grandpa have bigger balls than all
      the past presidents combined to take on the druglords…These druglords
      are scums to the society and are not worthy to breathe any air in this
      world…they destroy heaps of young lives and families….the worst thing is
      much of these druglords are not Filipinos…most of the meth and ice are
      produced overseas…they are capitalising on the lives of many young
      FiIipinos and their families…I understand where Duterte is coming from
      and why he is so much into this anti-drug campaign…if Filipinos don’t
      do anything and just let drugs be prevalent in the streets…then time
      will come when most of the youths of today are into it…if you have a
      bunch of youths who are into ice and meth then what kind of new
      generation will be taking over the Philippines in the years to come? And
      yet these people who are very critical to Duterte’s anti-drug campaign
      have so much to say against it but fails to lift a single finger to do
      anything to protect the youths against illegal drugs?

      How about
      introducing drug and booze busses on the streets…similar to what they
      have in the US, Australia etc…you get tested on the street…do
      surprise tests on cops and government officials…if proven under the
      influence of drug or alcohol…no bail, straight to the jail and throw
      the key away…surely will rattle the knees of the druglords and drug
      addicts…

      • Juan Barili

        LOL time will tell all.

      • Juan Barili

        I invented the beer bus. It has a moving walkway taking the front entry beer drinkers to the back. If they cannot keep up with the fast moving walkway they will fall out the back door onto a cushion. If they jump off and run very fast they can pay the entry fee and reenter and grab some more beer. Duterte is probably just a talker and probably not a real results man. He would maybe do well on my beer bus. So far his talk has only produced limited results. Time will tell all.

        • Cheap Tuesdays

          Oh really did you? Well good on yah! Far out mate…wasn’t expecting that you had the brains to come up with such stupid thing…LOL…

  • Near N

    Puro ka satsat tangina ka! sbi mo 6 months… ngaun para kang nag mamakaawa para lng kunwari may ginagwa ka.. leche!

  • Civil_Rights

    For nearly a year of witch hunting drug lords in the country since assuming presidency and enforcing his war against drug crimes, DuDirty has never caught or killed a drug lord but instead released a real drug lord Peter Lim as his ‘kumpadre’ those who is closed to him. All DuDirty succeeded killing are those poor people ‘suspected’ as drug offenders and now offering a bounty to any policeman who can kill drug lord. Local law enforcers are aware how drug lords operates where their lives are at stake and rather embrance the principle, ‘If you can’t go against them, join them’.

  • carlos

    para ko nang nakikita na eventually Supt. Marvin Marcos will be promoted in rank and be appointed as the next PNP Chief to succeed General Bato dela Rosa for a job well done! Should I be happy? Your reply is as good as mine!