Duterte offers big bounty for rogue cops

November 29, 2018
Rodrigo R. Duterte
Rodrigo R. Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has offered up to P1 million for the head of every policeman involved in the illegal drug trade in Mindanao, stressing he would not tolerate rogue cops in the police force.

The President made the offer during his visit to Ozamiz City Wednesday.

“I am mad about it because I said it will destroy the nation. And those policemen who think they are so tough, I told you I will kill all of you, all of you. I will really finish you all off. Gusto ninyo? Inyong ulo patungan ko ng 500,000 [I’ll offer P500, 000 on your head],” Duterte said in Bisaya during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ozamiz airport modernization project.

The reward would reportedly be given to informants, including soldiers, for every “ninja cop” and other errant policemen nabbed in Mindanao.

“Now all of you identified by mayor before, are you still threatening people? O one million. Those ninjas who are here in Mindanao, one million,” he added.

He was referring to ninja cops or policemen linked to recycling illegal drugs seized in legitimate police operations

The informants, he said, could split the reward with the military who would deal with the rogue cops.

“The Army would be happy sharing the 500,000. That’s just one bullet. I have a lot of money if money is what you want. I will place 500 value for your head. If you are really hard-headed, then one million,” he said.

He also gave mayors and barangay officials involved in the illegal drug trade fair notice.

“When I go out, halos lahat ng mga big time, mga mayor, mga barangay, I will take care of you all. One way or the other you will get hit. You could either be sitting on the toilet, taking a bath, eating, or walking… You are a dead man walking. I’ll be frank with you,” he added.

The President said he would “not hesitate to kill” those who destroy the nation with illegal drugs, adding he was prepared to go to jail for his anti-drug campaign.

“I’m ready really to even to go to jail after. I don’t mind. I’m old. And if I can save my country… ubusin ko talaga kayo [I will finish off all of you]. It’s my promise to God,” Duterte said during the groundbreaking ceremony for Panguil Bay bridge in Tubod, Lanao del Norte Wednesday.

He claimed that some mayors were even behind the killings of policemen and maids doing intelligence work.

“Until now we cannot find their bodies. Ganun kalala [That’s how bad it is] using the platform of a public office, using the money of the government to destroy his own people. That’s what makes things worse. We don’t agree with each other,” he said.

“Because once you go into drugs, you destroy my country. Once you feed my daughter and my son with drugs and they go crazy, you are destroying the next generation of Filipinos. Therefore, I will not hesitate to kill you,” he said.