Next on Duterte drug list: Barangay captains, prosecutors, more police
MANILA, Philippines – With the nation still reeling from his announcement of 158 government officials allegedly with links to the drug trade, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would announce more names in the days to come – this time of barangay captains, prosecutors, and more police.
"Marami pa ho, [for] validation. Maraming barangay captain pati pulis. Marami pa, pati sa prosecutors, is coming," he said on Tuesday, August 9, during an early morning press conference in Davao City. (There are more names for validation. There are many barangay captains and police. A lot more, even prosecutors, are coming.)
The President said adding more names to the list is part of his government-wide "purging."
"There will be a purging actually. Without declaring martial law, I will cleanse this government," he said.
Duterte also explained briefly how he arrived at his drug list, after media reported inaccuracies and outdated information in the list.
He said the "intelligence community" first collates the information, checks it on databases in a computer, and then sends it to him.
"Kasi 'pag dating sa akin, galing man 'yan sa intelligence community. Collated 'yan eh. Titingnan muna sa computer. Ito noon pa. Tapos pagdating sa akin, re-evaluation again," he explained. (When it gets to me, it comes from the intelligence community. It's collated. They will check the computer first. When it gets to me, it will be re-evaluated.)
He would have agencies check on some people on the list to see whether or not they should be taken out.
"Kung meron akong tatanggalin na pangalan, eto ba, 'Silipin ninyo ulit.' 'Pag kuntento na ako, 'yun na 'yun," he said. (If I want a name taken out, I say, "Check on this again." When I am content, that's it.)
Media reported that some of those on his list are already dead but Duterte insists this does not mean the list is not credible. (READ: FACT-CHECK: Dead ex-mayor, non-legislator also in Duterte list)
“That means that historically, he was playing with drugs, so it's inputted in the intelligence agencies.... It’s not corrected, but it remains on record. We are not told if you are dead or not, but your name is there,” he said.
Duterte said that “death is a private affair of the family” and is “not announced to the rest of the world,” except through obituaries or if someone would inform the intelligence community.
He also addressed concerns that some names of known drug suspects are not on the list.
"May tumatawag na iba, 'Mayor bakit hindi kasali itong mayor namin, itong konsehal namin?' Do not worry, we will catch up," he said. (There are some who call me and ask, "Mayor why is our mayor or our councilor not on the list?")
Warning to surrenderees
Duterte warned those officials and police who have already surrendered not to deceive law enforcement agencies.
"Don't make the mistake of surrendering tapos paglaruin niyo lang kami (then you just deceive us) because I will know. I have enough government men in the field to monitor you, mayors, vice mayors, councilors," he said.
Duterte has said that publicly naming those supposedly involved in the drug trade is the fastest way to weed out drug personalities driving the trade.
But both local and international groups have criticized his methods, saying it bypasses due process and makes those on the list targets of extrajudicial killings.
No less than the country's Chief Justice has aired her concerns about the accuracy and the consequences of his public naming. – Rappler.com