President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday evening threatened to implement a “more severe measure” to suppress lawless violence in Negros Oriental.
More than a dozen people have been killed in the past few weeks following a spate of killings in the province reportedly perpetrated by members of the New People’s Army.
“And I’d like to say to the communists, you have crossed the red line. You know, I have been mayor of this city for 23 years. There never was a time that the military or myself allowed torture or to hurt people who surrendered from the NPAs or captured. Wala talaga. I will never allow it,” said Duterte, referring to the four policemen who were tortured and later killed by alleged communist rebels in Negros.
“I served notice the other day that I will not take it sitting down. I will just maybe… I told my military and the police, gawin mo sa kanila, do it to them also… Maghintay lang kayo kasi sumusobra na kayo… You cannot do it unrestrained, unbridled and uncontrolled as if you are the killing machine of the Philippines,” the President added.
Duterte said the reason why the Philippines cannot maximize its full potential was “the countryside is infested with parasites like (the communist rebels)”
“You do not work, you exact taxation. And if you think that the barangay captain is not cooperating with you, with the communist theories and your ideologies which is rotten already — it is a corrupt just like the ISIS, you fight, you kill,” he pointed out.