- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte reminds all uniformed men of their responsibility to protect the people on top of defending national security
- With full trust to the AFP, he turned over a more complete “narco list” to the military agency
- Allegedly, the list includes governors, congressmen, assemblymen, mayors, barangay captains and policemen
With full trust to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), President Rodrigo Duterte turned over a more complete “narco list” to the military agency as he reminded the uniformed men that their main responsibility is to “protect the people” on top of defending national security.
“Ibigay ko ito sa Armed Forces. Ito ang problema natin… I’m just saying that the ultimate warriors of the Constitution, to protect the people is the Armed Forces of the Philippines. So bahala na kayo,” Duterte was quoted saying in an article published by GMA News Online.
The President, in his visit at the headquarters of the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division in Gamu, Isabela, showed a thick folder containing a list of people suspected of being involved in illegal drugs, the article mentioned.
As such, Pres. Duterte said the list includes governors, congressmen, assemblymen, mayors, barangay captains and policemen.
Before the event, the Chief Executive disclosed that he was about to make public a final report on government officials involved in illegal drugs.
Also, the President reminded the soldiers that the Philippine National Police (PNP) only has a supporting role to the AFP when it comes to protecting the people and the state even as he added that the military must never allow the country to disintegrate.
Furthermore, Pres. Duterte reiterated his earlier assurance that soldiers, as well as the policemen, will be protected by his administration in the fight against illegal drugs.
“Just do what is the mandate of the Constitution, at ako na ang bahala sa inyo. I will protect you,” he stressed.
[I will take charge of you.]
Meanwhile, AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla noted the military leadership has not actually received the narco list.
Padilla clarified that the AFP will maintain a supporting role in the war on drugs, which is currently being headed by the PNP.
Likewise, he expressed full support in Duterte’s call for the police and military to work together, and continue the campaign even after his term.