Duterte warns Iloilo City mayor included in narco-list

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President Rodrigo Duterte's comment comes after controversial Ozamiz City police head Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido was assigned to Iloilo City.

Updated to include press release from Malacañang.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 28) — The President warned the Iloilo City mayor on Monday to cut off all his alleged drug connections.

"I'll tell you again, Mayor. Dinadawit ka. For the longest time, updated list, nandiyan ka. Ngayon pang wala pang nangyari, baka gusto mo nang tapusin 'yang koneksyon mo," President Rodrigo Duterte told reporters in Pampanga, referring to Iloilo City mayor Jed Mabilog.

[Translation: Well I'll tell you again, Mayor. You're being dragged into this. For the longest time, you're in the updated narco-list. While nothing is happening yet, maybe you'd consider cutting off your connections.]

Duterte earlier on Monday at the National Heroes' Day celebration announced the reassignment of bemedaled Ozamiz City police chief Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido to Iloilo City.

Read more: Duterte to assign controversial police chief to Iloilo

Duterte expressed full support for Espenido, who was police chief in the town of Albuera and the Ozamiz City where two mayors with alleged links to the illegal drug trade were killed in police operations.

The President also warned other mayors, prosecutors and judges involved in the drug trade.

"'Yang mga corrupt, kung di kayo kontento sa sweldo ninyo, umalis na lang kayo, mag-drug lord na lang kayo. Bilyon 'yan. Pero ang kapalit niyan, kamatayan mo," he added.

[Translation: To those who are corrupt, if you aren't satisfied with your salaries, leave your posts. Become drug lords instead. You'll get billions. But in exchange, you'll die.]

'Integrity' in PDEA

Duterte also defended the appointment of incoming Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency head Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino. Aquino is the regional director of the Philippine National Police in Region 3.

Duterte said he appointed Aquino because he has worked with him in Davao City, when he was mayor.

"Ang problema kasi maraming mahuhusay sa Air Force, sa Navy, eh kaso hindi ko sila kilala. 'Yung dumaan ng Davao ang nakilala ko because I've worked with them in the past, And I know that they're men with integrity, na maasahan ko," he said.

Translation: The problem is, there are plenty of well-performing men in the Air Force, in the Navy, but I do not know them. Those whom I worked with in Davao, I've worked with them in the past. And I know that they're men with integrity, who I can rely on.]

When asked about Aquino's proposal for PDEA to take over the government's war on drugs, Duterte said it is an option, considering recent criticism of police operations.

"Remember I suspended 'yung police operations down to the station level. So selected lang. Ang problema ko hindi lang 'yan droga. 'Yung pulis, nagki-kidnap, droga kunwari, tapos manghingi na ng pera, tapos may deed of sale na sa bahay mo. 'Yung mga pulis na 'yan, identified, they will be out of the service soon," he said.

[Translation: Remember I suspended police operations down to the station level. So it's only selected. My problem is it's not just drugs. Some police, they kidnap, pretend it's drug-related, then extort money, then all of a sudden your house has a deed of sale. Those police, identified now, will be out of the service soon.]

Slamming the UN Rapporteur

Duterte also cursed United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions after her comments on the slay of Kian.

The UN rapporteur posted tweets on Saturday, calling for Kian's death to be the last in the war against drugs.

Among her tweets is a message extending her condolences to Kian's family "and to all families vindicated by this cruel war," and she also addressed Duterte with the message: "Yes, (sic) Duterte, this is murder."

When asked to react to Callamard's comments, Duterte said, "P****** i** niya, sabihin mo." He challenged Callamard to come to the Philippines and again and look at the drug situation in the country.

Kian was one of the 82 killed in anti-drug operations two weeks ago in what seemed to be the administration's deadliest week in its anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Kian's parents requested for an audience with Duterte, who met with them in Malacañang on Monday.  Kian was buried on August 26.

According to a press statement, Duterte assured Kian's parents that only the courts and the fiscal will handle their son's case, and no one else will meddle with it.

Duterte also promised  there would be no cover-up of police abuses committed during his term.