Prez Duterte condemns use of drug money in barangay elections

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As the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs continues, President Rodrigo Duterte again emphasized his stance to ‘never’ allow drug money to be used in the scheduled local pols.

Speaking at the opening ceremonies of the national Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) challenge in Davao City on Thursday, Duterte noted the possibility of having a “vicious” barangay elections this May 2018 due to the “very alive” presence of illegal drugs on the streets.

Airing his public threat, Duterte reiterated that the government would not cease on its war against infamous drug personalities even if they are voted in the election process.

 “But remember that the drug situation is still very, very alive and vicious. So kung manalo yang mga barangay captains, na-back up ng drug money, eh panibagong away yan. Panibagong patayan na naman yan,” the President said.

With or without the local elections pushing through, Duterte insisted that he would not allow any official to use their given power as a platform to operate and traffic illicit drugs.

“Eh ako, hindi ko sinasabi na walang election o may election. But I will never, never until the end of my term, to the last day, allow a government official to use his power or position as a platform to engage in criminality, especially drug,” Duterte added.

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