Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said he hoped that public officials and uniformed personnel linked to the illegal drug trade will not kill each other in case he decides to make their names public.
Duterte is having second thoughts on revealing the names of government workers—police officers and barangay officials, among them—who are into illegal drugs trade.
“Hindi ko na kaya kasi if I read it, tapos magpapatayan. If I read all the names and they would start to cleanse themselves among themselves to prevent, you know, being drawn into the vortex of the shabu, mahihirapan tayo,” Duterte said in a speech at the 115th founding anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard.
Duterte said he was considering forwarding instead the information straight to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“There are about 5,000 barangay captains in my list. Nagda-dalawang isip ako, I’m trying to vacillate whether to release it or not, or simply if you will read it, you will be discouraged,” Duterte said.
“You will be downhearted because these guys are elected by the people in an election, which is supposed to take place next month,” he added.
Duterte reiterated his call to postpone the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections because of narco-politics affecting barangay officials.
“And what is really worst is there are policemen, 6,000 of them. Hindi ko… I cannot even announce them anymore. I would not have the time to announce their names individually,” Duterte said.
Duterte said he plans to give his list to Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno because in the Department of Justice “… there are prosecutors … that (are) also corrupt. And I will just send the list to the DILG, Local Government Secretary Sueno.”