PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte challenged Saturday Vice President Leni Robredo to prove that he is behind the killings of suspected drug personalities in the country. At the sidelines of his visit to wounded soldiers in Zamboanga City, Duterte said he would immediately tender his resignation, if the Vice President could produce evidence that he had ordered state forces to kill individuals linked to narcotics sale.
“You can ask even one [of the government forces] if I ordered them to kill a person whose body was in a kneeling position and hands were tied at the back. Ask one of them. If someone says Duterte [ordered that], I will resign. I will resign tomorrow,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s statement came after Robredo expressed concern that the chief executive may be encouraging “a culture of impunity” among state forces when he admitted his personal experience in killing criminals.
The President has admitted that he had killed three criminals involved in a hostage-taking in Davao City in 1988. “We should perhaps remember that he is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces and the boss of the police.
When we say our President narrates that he goes around to kill a person, what’s alarming is it seems that we’re encourage a culture of impunity,” Robredo said in an interview last Friday.
Duterte shrugged off Robredo’s remark and instead took a swipe at her running-mate, losing presidential candidate Manuel Roxas II, who he said is not gallant to serve as the country's highest official. “Show the soldier or the policeman Robredo is saying because… If they were the president, I don’t know what would happen.
If it were Roxas, we’re dead. They are afraid to file a case and be killed. You cannot endure this job. You’re afraid to die? You’re afraid to file a case? You’ll die,” Duterte said. “You’re in a paralysis if you’re like that. You won’t look at the soldiers, you won’t visit the [military] camps.
All you want is to go to Malacañang while the people are dying. You do not show solidarity. You can’t be a president if you are a coward,” he added. Duterte then maintained that he has to do everything to end the drug menace in the country.