- Presidential spokesman encouraged local officials tagged by Duterte to give themselves up
- He said they should submit to an investigation if they want to clear their names
- He also said Duterte’s announcement is proof of his sincerity to end the drug menace
MANILA, Philippines – Give up if you want to clear your names.
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar aired this appeal to local officials named by President Rodrigo Duterte as alleged coddlers of drug traffickers even as many already pledged to turn themselves in by Monday.
“The President is encouraging all of the persons of interest, ‘yung mga alleged drug lords and drug coddlers na ‘to come out in the open to surrender themselves and submit themselves to thorough investigation if they want to clear their names,” GMA News quoted him as saying.
Andanar added that Duterte’s latest move is proof of his sincerity to wipe out the drug menace in the country.
“Ito po ay nagpapakita lamang nang sinseridad mula sa ating Pangulo na wala pong excused dito, wala pong sacred cows sa paghahanap, pagsusugpo at pag-aanunsyo, pag-e-exposé nitong mga pangalan ng mga matataas na miyembro ng ating gobyerno dito sa salot na droga na ito,” he said.
[This shows the sincerity of our President that no one is excused here, that there are no sacred cows in finding, identifying, announcing, and exposing these names of the ranking members of our government who are involved in this drug menace.]
160 mayors, judges, and policemen were named by Duterte as being involved in the drug trade over the weekend. Several of those identified have denied the allegations and promised to join any investigation to clear their names.
Last week, several mayors also turned themselves in after the president named them.