Duterte names and shames more top officials over drugs
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Mr Duterte ordered their security escorts withdrawn and cancelled their firearms permits, adding that they would face sanctions.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. –