MANILA — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday offered a reward of Php2 million for the arrest of “ninja” cops involved in drug trafficking.
“Today, I might be inclined to place a reward on their head, members of the police who are protecting the drug syndicates in this country,” said President Duterte during the National Heroes’ Day ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City.
“We have a drug crisis that some of our fellow citizens consider just a police problem,” the President said, adding that “it has infected every nook and corner of this country involving generals, mayors, governors, barangay captains and so many of the ninjas, they call them. These are the police who are into it.”
The President said, “This is a war, this is a crisis that faces the government, eye to eye dito. It stares at us. Talagang scary. Kaya ako, maski ‘yan lang naman ang magawa ko, okay na ako. But this drug industry and these idiots must stop, or else they will die.”
In spite of the criticisms hurled against him, President Duterte said this drug war is something very personal to him.
“Basta itong away sa droga, akin ‘to personal. Ang sinasabi ko time and again that I put at stake my honor, my life, and the presidency itself,” he said.
Defending his campaign, the President said the “big fish” have already flown out of the country, and only the “lieutenants” are left which the government has to deal with. PNA/northboundasia.com