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This was after the self-confessed ex-DDS member Egdar Matobato disclosed that Duterte was behind the killing of criminals during his term as the mayor of Davao City. However, he did not directly reference the Senate hearing during his speech.
According to him, he was a favourite ‘whipping boy’ in Davao City because his campaign against drugs is aggressive. “Twenty-seven generals were recommended for dismissal… I almost waged a revolution. I did not allow it to happen. Son of a whore, don’t give me that bullshit,” he said.
Duterte has elevated the drug problem of the country into a national security issue as there are about 3.7 million drug addicts nationwide. He said that it has reached “epidemic” proportions. Based on the latest reports, almost 3,000 people have been killed—about half of the number died during police operations.
During his speech, he reminded the policemen and soldiers to also protect their lives. He disclosed that he is planning to establish a reward system for low enforcers who are able to kill drug lords.
Meanwhile, Presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar insisted that Duterte did not order the killings as said by the witness. “That has been investigated before by the Commission on Human Rights, when the President was still mayor (of Davao City). No charges were filed and they did not see any evidence,” he said.
On the other hand, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella called on to the public to be cautious in weighing the statements of the witness. “After all, people do make statements every day and while this person may sound credible, it is imperative that each and every one of us properly weigh whatever he said and respond right.” ASCS
Duterte : I am ready to be imprisoned Reviewed by FilipiNews PH on Saturday, September 17, 2016 Rating: