News Release

President Duterte honors policemen for its efforts to curb illegal drugs in Ozamiz

OZAMIZ CITY—President Rodrigo Duterte arrived here Thursday afternoon, August 17, to recognize the efforts of men and women in uniform who fought against illegal drugs here.

In his speech, President Duterte renewed his commitment to the police force of his continuing support.

“I’m here to congratulate you. Mabuhay ang PNP!” The President said in a speech before the Ozamiz police. “Mabuhay ang nagsakripisyo ug katong mga taga-Ozamiz nga nitindog sa tyranny.”

In his message, the President reiterated his unrelenting effort to eliminate illegal drugs in the country, highlighting its ill effects to the local politics.

Political dynasties connected to drugs do not give the people free will to choose during elections and instead give them false hopes through patronage, he said.

“Look what happens if drug is allowed to flourish in the place. There is narco-politics. May election ba dito na malinis?” the President asked.

In the case of Ozamiz City ruled by the Parojinogs, he said he expects narco-politics to stay for some time, hoping however that he can get rid of narco-politics before he steps down from power.

At the same time, the President promised the policemen of his full support such as hospitalization of the members of their families and educational needs of their children.

“What can I assure you is meron nang mga benefits but before I go out as President, meron na akong seed money na 20 billion. Kung makuha ko ’yang amount na 50 billion, hindi na ninyo maubos ‘yan, ang interes lang,” he said of his planned educational trust fund.

Members of the police force can also expect his full backing whenever they face prosecution as long as they do their duties, the President said.

But for police personnel who are involved in the drug trade, President Duterte said he is offering P2 million reward.

The President also warned the police of threats from criminals and communist insurgents, particularly after peace negotiation with the rebels was suspended.

Also during Thursday’s event, President Duterte led the awarding of the Medalya ng Kadakilaan to seven policemen, including Ozamiz City Police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido.

More than 300 firearms surrendered to the police by barangay officials and private individuals were also presented to the President during the event.

The President concluded his trip to Ozamiz City with a closed door meeting with OIC Mayor Irene Luansing.###PND