Duterte warns military, police against taking sides during elections

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — President Rodrigo Duterte gave a stern warning to uniformed ranks Monday: don't participate in partisan politics.

The President made the statement at a ceremony awarding 500 housing units to members of the First Scout Ranger Regiment (FSRR) in Bulacan.

He said, "I would like to remind everybody in government, lalo na ang [especially the] Armed Forces pati [and the] police, do not take sides either for or against my party, huwag kayong makialam [do not interfere]. Huwag kayong magkampanya [Do not campaign for] and do not favor any candidate whatsoever. That is the mandate of the Constitution and we will stick by it."

The President gave candidates — allies or otherwise — an equal warning.

"I would like just to inform, sabihin ko lang sa mga kandidato — and that goes for the entire Philippines — during my watch, sa panahon ko hindi talaga ako papayag. Ke kasama kita sa gobyerno, kasama kita sa partido o kalaban kita sa pulitika, do not terrorize, do not intimidate, do not create fear in the workers."

Duterte said should anyone do this, he himself would find the candidate and arrest him or her.

"Ako mismo ang maghila sa iyo. Talian kita sa leeg doon sa gulong, plaiparin ko yung eroplano. T*** i** mo. Huwag kayong mag-ano kasi ayaw ko. Huwag sa panahon ko," he said.

[Translation: I will drag you, tie a rope around your neck, tie it to the wheel, and have the plane take off. B******s. Don't do it because I don't like it. Not on my watch.]

He warned against terrorizing Filipino workers, and instead told them to let people choose who they wanted to vote for.

"Kahit piliin yung parang aso ang ugali, e pasensiya tayo. That's the will of the people and the will of God... You might not like him, but if it's free will, if it's the choice of the people, do not mess it up," he added.

[Translation: Even f they choose someone who acts like a dog, let it be. That's the will of the people and the will of God... You might not like him, but if it's free will, if it's the choice of the people, do not mess it up.]

The President said he has heard stories of candidates trying to influence how people vote.

The President then referred to the Alunan doctrine which limits the number of armed guards to two per politician. Any more than that would be considered a private army.

READ: Duterte to invoke Alunan doctrine on private armies in upcoming elections

"Three is a private army. So pag dumaan yan sa...wherever, sitahin niyo. Pagka more than three, kunin mo yung baril, arestuhin mo, dalhin mo sa istasyon," he said,

[Translation: Three is a private army. If they pass by...wherever, call their attention. If there's more than three, get the gun, arrest them, and bring them to the station.]

"Kung takot kang mamatay, huwag kang tumakbo. Huwag kang pumunta ng bukid. Kung kalaban mo ang NPA (New Peoples Army), fight kayo. Kung kasama ka sa NPA, e di patayin ka pagbaba mo," Duterte added.

[Translation: Don't run if you're afraid to die. Don't go to faraway farms, If you're against the NPA, you're going to fight them. If you're with the NPA, you'll get killed when you come back.]