By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is prepared to carry out a “drastic” yet necessary measure to address the country’s peace and order problems in the wake of the alarming spate of killings in Negros.
The President, however, quickly ruled out becoming a dictator as part his imminent drastic move, saying he has no intention of prolonging his stay in power.
“I will explain in the coming days but I’m about to do something drastic. It will not sit well with everybody maybe including you but it is needed,” Duterte said during the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) anniversary celebration in Pasay City Thursday.
“Sinabi ko sa inyo. Wala akong ambisyon na magdiktador. On the day na ayaw ko bumaba sa Malacañang, patayin ninyo ako [I tell you I have no ambition to become a dictator. On the day I refuse to step down from Malacanang, kill me]. Shoot me dead if I overstay in Malacanang,” he said.
Duterte, now halfway through his six-year term, said he was already tired and just wants to finish his term. “I do not need it, I am tired, I want to rest. I just want to complete what I made to the people,” he added.
Before mentioning his imminent “drastic” plan, the President acknowledged the security problem in Negros following the killings of local officials and other civilians. He lamented that the killings in Negros have become “unabated, unbridled and unstoppable,” as he warned the communist rebels to stop their attacks.
He said he plans to arm the country’s firefighters to keep peace and order as well as kill the enemy. He said his hit men called “angels” will also be deployed to hunt down the NPA sparrow hit squad.
The President made the remarks a day after planning to use emergency powers to quell the lawless violence in Negros and crush other security threats. The Palace earlier said the declaration of martial law in Negros is among the emergency powers the President can use to address the security problem there.