“PATAYIN talaga kita.”
President Rodrigo Duterte thus reiterated his threat to kill former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog if he would return to the country even after getting implicated in the illegal drug trade.
Duterte repeated the threat while in Iloilo City, his first visit to the Western Visayas city since he assumed the presidency in June 2016.
“Saan na ‘yung pinalitan mo mayor? Saan ba si mayor? Hanapin ko sa kanila. Magbalik ka dito, ‘t— ina, patayin talaga kita,” Duterte said in a speech before a gathering of the country’s councilors.
Duterte warned mayors with ties to illegal drugs to “better shape up.”
“Huwag mong patayin ‘yung mga pulis na ayaw sumama sa raket mo kasi ‘pag ginalaw mo ‘yung pulis ginagawa mong military, individually, they are helpless,” Duterte said.
“Pero kung ang gobyerno na ang kalaban mo p— ina patay ka talaga,” he added,
Duterte’s spokesperson, Harry Roque, in March said the President’s words against Mabilog should not be taken literally.
Roque said the President only wanted to emphasize that all those who committed crimes should be punished.
Mabilog was one of the local officials Duterte has linked to illegal drugs, an accusation the mayor has repeatedly denied.
He left the country on August 30 last year for an official trip to Japan and Malaysia, and filed for sick leave to seek medical treatment abroad in September.
A month later, the Office of the Ombudsman dismissed him from the service over allegations of unexplained wealth.