Duterte to ‘hulidap’ cops: In Davao, I will shoot you
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – With rogue cops making the headlines in Metro Manila, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City, Rodrigo Duterte, has a message for those engaged in "hulidap" (arrest-cum-holdup): don't even think about in my city.
"Dito sa Davao ibang usapan yan. 'Wag ka maghulidap-hulidap dito patayin kita. I will shoot you," Duterte said on Wednesday evening, September 10. (It's altogether different here in Davao. A criminal cop shouldn't even dare attempt criminal activities here, I will kill you. I will shoot you.)
The tough-talking mayor shared that there are already cops who were killed by authorities in law-enforcement operations because of their alleged involvement in criminal activities including kidnapping and the illegal drugs trade.
"Marami na ang namatay dito na pulis na nagkidnap at holdap. Dagdagan natin kung gusto mo. Do not do it in my city," Duterte said. (A lot of cops who committed kidnapping and holdups have died here. I can add you to the casualties. Do not do it in my city.)
Duterte's warning came days after the Philippine National Police in Manila revealed that the men caught on camera by a Twitter user to arresting passengers of a white Fortuner were actually policemen who kidnapped two men and extorted more than P2 million from them. (READ: 8 cops involved in viral EDSA incident – PNP)
Later, the National Police Commission revealed that two of the suspect cops were involved in a similar incident in 2011 but had yet to be dismissed. The PNP is still investigating why these cops were able to return to the La Loma police station despite being relieved.
"Mamili ka ng siyudad na assigment, 'wag dito sa Davao. Kasi dito sa Davao, papatayin talaga kita. At sabihin mo 'yan sa [Commission on] Human Rights para sabihin ng human rights sa police na 'wag kayo gumawa ng masama doon sa Davao kasi babarilin kayo ni Duterte," the mayor said.
(Ask to be assigned somewhere else, not here in Davao. Because here in Davao, I really am going to kill you. And tell that to the Commission on Human Rights so they will tell the police, don't commit criminal acts in Davao because Duterte will shoot you.)
Duterte has been at odds with the CHR since the time it was chaired by now Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. The commission tried to investigate him for having created the so-called Davao Death Squad, which had been implicated in extra-judicial killings of suspected criminals.
"Ang dapat gawin ng Human Rights magpa-seminar sila at sabihin, hoy, police, 'wag kayo maghulidap, 'wag kayo sa droga, kasi papatayin talaga kayo ng mayor doon. And it has happened and will happen again. In other words, don't erase this, don't f--- up in Davao City," Duterte added.
(What the CHR should do is conduct seminars for policemen and tell them, don't engage in extortion, don't get involved in drug deals, because the mayor there will really kill you.)
The mayor boasted that so far the police force in Davao City is performing well, except for some "rare" cases wherein cops have been involved in questionable activities.
"Dito sa Davao, mababait. Maybe we are lucky ang na-assign sa Davao talagang matino," Duterte said. (The cops in Davao are clean. Maybe we are lucky that the ones assigned here are upright.) – Rappler.com