Duterte names and shames more top of­fi­cials over drugs

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PHILIP­PINE Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte, who has led a bloody war on drug sus­pects, yes­ter­day named more than 160 politi­cians, of­fi­cials and judges whom he linked to nar­cotics and warned them to sur­ren­der.

Po­lice and vig­i­lantes have been blamed for killing more than 800 drug sus­pects since Mr Duterte’s elec­tion on May 9.

“Due process has noth­ing to do with my mouth.

“There are no pro­ceed­ings here, no lawyers,” Mr Duterte said in a speech just be­fore he be­gan nam­ing the sus­pects.

He listed seven judges and more than 25 cur­rent or for­mer con­gress­men, may­ors and other lo­cal of­fi­cials whom he al­leged were in­volved in il­le­gal drugs.

Mr Duterte or­dered their se­cu­rity es­corts with­drawn and can­celled their firearms per­mits, ad­ding that they would face sanc­tions.

“If you show the slight­est vi­o­lence in the re­sis­tance, I will tell the po­lice, ‘Shoot them,’” he told re­porters and soldiers in the south­ern city of Davao.

Mr Duterte, who has gained wide­spread do­mes­tic pop­u­lar­ity for his out­spo­ken­ness, added “I might be wrong” about the guilt of those he has named.

He said the mil­i­tary and po­lice had com­piled the list which he in­sisted was not coloured by pol­i­tics or per­sonal links, ad­ding that some of those named were even his friends.

Mr Duterte’s spokesper­son Martin An­da­nar said crim­i­nal cases would be filed against those named. –

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