Duterte asks military, police why Acierto is still alive

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech Tuesday night, asked why an ex-police official is still alive.

The chief executive was referring to former anti-narcotics police officer Eduardo Acierto who had on Monday said that Duterte's former economic consultant Michael Yang was deep into the illegal drug trade.

"Huwag kayo maniwala dito, lalo na ito si Acierto ito ... tanungin ko kaya military at saka police bakit buhay pa 'yang pu********* 'yan," Duterte said in a speech delivered to beneficiaries of the government's unconditional cash transfer program in Koronodal City, South Cotabato.

[Translation: Don't believe this, especially that Acierto. So I ask the military and the police, why is this son of a b**** still alive?]

Acierto, in a Facebook video Monday, said that Yang was into the drug trade.

He added that he had submitted an intelligence report on the matter to top police officials, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino, Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Richard Gordon, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea back in December 2017.

The Palace responded by announcing that Yang is no longer Duterte's adviser and that charges would be filed against the Davao-based businessman if Acierto's allegations are true.

READ: Michael Yang no longer Duterte's economic adviser - Medialdea

Duterte, however, insisted that Acierto should not be believed in and implicated him in kidnapping Chinese citizens, killing a Korean national in Camp Crame. Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde said Acierto was the officer in charge during Jee's murder because his superior was on leave then. Duterte also said Acierto was involved in selling firearms to rebels.

"Na-dismiss sa police (He was dismissed from the police force) due to procurement of AK-47 rifles which eventually landed in the hands of the New People's Army," Duterte said about Acierto.