Duterte promises reward for cops who kill superiors involved in drugs

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The President also says he will reward the policeman who killed Supt. Santiago Rapiz in a drug bust in Dipolog City. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 7) — Millions of pesos and a trip to Hong Kong await policemen who kill their superiors for being involved in drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday.

The President reiterated his administration's campaign against rogue cops as he welcomed the death of Supt. Santiago Rapiz, who was killed in a drug bust in Dipolog City Monday night.

"May pinatay kagabi na police colonel. Pinatay din siya ng pulis, pulis rin. Tama 'yon. Paki-ano, sir. I am going to reward that policeman," Duterte said during a lecture in Malacañang on militarization and the drug problem.

[Translation: A police colonel was killed last night. He was killed by a fellow policeman. That's right. I am going to reward that policeman."]

The Zamboanga peninsula police stressed that the anti-drug operation that led to Rapiz's death "was a legitimate operation" conducted by the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Duterte said, "Any policeman who will kill his superior because the superior is into drugs, I will give you a prize and a trip to Hong Kong. Oo, totoo (Yes, that's true). "

He added that a high-ranking police officer would most likely fight back during an anti-drug operation.

"Tutal ang superior na mga pulis lalaban man talaga 'yan. Hindi 'yan magpapahuli. One is that hindi 'yan magpakahiya," Duterte said.

[Translation: "Anyway, a superior police officer would really fight back. He won't surrender. He would not want to be embarrassed."]

The President earlier put up a ₱5 million bounty on the head of each "ninja cop" – or policeman who use drugs or involved in illegal drugs operations. He said he was not asking people to kill drug-tainted cops, but offered only ₱10,000 to anyone who can bring him a rogue cop alive.

READ: Duterte: ₱5M reward for each dead 'ninja cop,' ₱10,000 if alive