“THERE are 6,000 barangay captains doing their own thing, manufacturing shabu. Sometimes I am tempted really to declare martial law.” President Rodrigo Duterte admitted this Tuesday quickly adding “it is not feasible, they say, well, fine.”
“That’s why I declared a state of lawlessness, because narco-politics has entered the country,” he said. Tonight gathered this yesterday as Duterte bared that about 8,000 names of government officials, including barangay captains, allegedly involved in illegal drugs are on his third narco list to be released soon.
“The portals of government have been opened to drug people,” Duterte told Army troopers at Fort Bonifacio late Tuesday evening.
Tonight alsos learned that drug-tainted barangay captains will be replaced.
Duterte said the sheer number of state workers believed to have links to illegal drugs proved that narco-politics had penetrated the government.
“All of those on my list -- there are about 8,000 drug pushers and manufacturers who are barangay captains, add that to the police. There are a lot of policemen. My God, I’m very sorry, there are a lot of policemen,” he added.
Speaking to the Jewish community at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue in Makati City, Duterte admitted that he has been tempted to declare martial law to stop “narco-politics” in the country.
Duterte said the narco-politics problem is the main reason why he favored the postponement of this month’s barangay elections.
“Narco-politics is here already. That’s the reason why I told the Speaker and the Senate President, do not call for an election in the barangay now. It will be a disaster,” the Chief Executive said.
Duterte first threatened martial law could be part of his anti-illegal drugs war when he responded to the criticism of Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
But he has also said that he has no intention of declaring martial law to respect the memory of his mother, Soledad Roa Duterte.
Duterte also said local officials with drug links were practically untouchable before he assumed office.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said they are now investigating barangay officials who are allegedly linked to illegal drugs.
“Gina-gather na rin namin ngayon ’yung mga reports ng mga barangay captains na involved sa drugs,” Sueno said.
He said the investigation is in preparation if ever President Duterte orders the replacement of local officials.
“Kung sabihin ng Presidente na palitan natin itong mga involved sa drugs [ay] palitan natin. So para pagsabi ng Presidente na palitan, we are ready with a list,” Sueno said.
The bill postponing this month’s barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections has been formally transmitted to Malacañang and is now awaiting Duterte’s signature.
The bill, which reschedules the elections from Oct. 31 this year to Oct. 23, 2017, was sent to the Office of the President last Monday.
A check at the Senate’s website confirmed that the enrolled copies of the bill were forwarded to Duterte’s office last Oct. 3. Under the Constitution, the President has 30 days to sign a bill or allow it to lapse into law or exercise his power to veto.