Duterte raises bounty for Negros cops' killers to ₱7-M

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — President Rodrigo Duterte is determined to find those responsible for the deaths of four policemen in Negros, raising the reward for their capture to ₱7 million.

Speaking to members of the media at an event in Malacañang Tuesday, Duterte said, "‘Yung — papaluhurin mo ‘yang pulis tapos gasgasin mo ng Gillette ‘yang… Sabi ko may — nasabi nila, ng Army, nahuli na daw. Sabi ko, hindi ako — 19 years old lang, eh. So bale squad leader. Sabi ko hanapin mo ‘yan. May promise ako ‘di ba. Six million na. O seven million na ngayon."

[Translation: That you would make a policeman kneel and then run a blade over... They say the Army has captured someone. I said — just 19 years old. It could be a squad leader. I said find them. I made a promise, now it's six million. Or seven million now.]

Duterte even said he would present proof of the capture of whoever was behind the killings — dead or alive.

"Hanapin talaga ninyo ang totoo. Ang gawain lang ninyo, putulin ninyo ‘yung ulo, ilagay ninyo sa box, ‘yang Styrofoam, lagyan ninyo ng ice, at dalhin mo dito kay magtawag tayo ng press con. Si Rocky ang magdala dito sa Styrofoam sa harap natin, buksan mo, ipapakita natin sa kanila. Totoo ‘yan," he said.

[Translation: Find the truth. What you need to do, cut off the the head, put it in a box. Get a Styrofoam box, fill it with ice, bring it here let's call a press con. (Undersecretary) Rocky (Ignacio) will bring the Styrofoam box in front of us, open it, and we'll show them. That's the truth.]

Duterte was referring to four police officers who were killed by armed communist rebels in an ambush in Negros Oriental in July.

The Philippine national Police said the attack happened at Sitio Yamot, Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town. and the victims were identified as PCpl. Relebert Beronio, Pat. Raffy Callo, Pat. Roel Cabellon, and Pat. Marquino de Leon.

The PNP said the killers also "looted the dead of their firearms, valuables and personal belongings, and drove off with the victims’ motorcycles."

During the State of the Nation Address, Duterte offered a P1-million reward for the capture of the gunmen who were believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA).