MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that more deaths would be expected in the renewed campaign against illegal drugs.
“I am committed to stop drugs. This means there will be more killings because (criminals) really fight back. It won’t end tomorrow,” the President said at the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway groundbreaking ceremony in Cebu.
Duterte reiterated his earlier pronouncements that 6,000 policemen and 40 percent of barangay (village) chieftains are involved in the illegal drugs trade and warned them that the government has set their sights on them.
“You will die. Either you kill me or I kill you,” the President said.
Duterte recently gave permission to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa to resume the police anti-drug operations on the condition that only policemen with proven integrity would participate in the campaign.