by Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has threatened to use the full government force, including aerial bombs, against politicians involved in the illegal drug trade after revealing his narcolist has expanded.
The President said government officials should not get involved in the illegal drug trade or else face the grim consequences. He said even the private armies of these drug-linked public officials have no match for the government’s huge arsenal.
“Even if you have 100-200 armed men, hindi makakatulong sa inyo ‘yan. Bakit ka maglaban sa akin? May 12 ako na FA-50 na jet, bombahan lang kita dyan ng lima. Gagamitin ko talaga ang pwersa ng gobyerno [That will not help. Why would you put up a fight? I have 12 FA-50 jets. I will drop five bombs on you. I will really use the force of the government],” he said.
“Sinabi ko sa inyo huwag ninyo kontrahin ang gobyerno. Gagamitin ko ang gobyerno [I told you not to contradict the government. I will use the government] because I have to protect the people who represent the government. I will not hesitate,” he said.
Duterte found it “insulting” that some government officials have entered the drug trade as if there was no president, military, and police in the country.
Asked if there were new names on the list of officials with suspected drug links, Duterte said: “Mayroon pa.”
The President reiterated his warning to local government officials to stop any illegal drug activities following the recent killing of Ozamiz City Reynaldo Parojinog in a police raid. He said Parojinog and retired police general Vicente Loot are included in the list.
“Sabi ko huwag ka maghanap ng engkwentro, totodasin ko talaga kayo [I told you not to look for an encounter. I will really finish you off],” he said.
He said the Parojinog family became “gangsters” and took control of the shabu trade. Four to five policemen were killed in Ozamiz for supposedly refusing to obey the Parojinogs.
The mayor, his wife, and several others were gunned down during a pre-dawn police raid at his residence last July 30. The policemen went to serve a search warrant but they were supposedly met with gunfire from the suspects.