Vice mayor warns holders of missing cocaine

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


DAVAO City Acting Mayor Paolo Duterte warned urging those who have the possession of the eight missing cocaine bricks to return them to the authorities as soon as possible.

"If you believe in DDS [Davao Death Squad], or whatever D's you know, it's about time to shape up. Return the missing cocaine bricks and do not wait putting your lives at risk. I am asking you, return them now. Do not wait until someone gets angry," Dutere said in the vernacular during the Pulong-pulong ni Pulong held at the Barangay Hall in Catalunan Grande Tuesday morning.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Senior Superintendent Vicente D. Danao Jr. said all the 53 cocaine bricks weigh more than 53 kilos with a market value of approximately P364,224,000.

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"Ayaw mo pamukaw ug demonyo nga natulog na. Kamo'y ihap sa adlaw sa inyong kinabuhi. Iuli na ninyo na. Ilegal man na (Don't awaken a sleeping demon. Take care of your lives. Return them now. Those are illegal)," Duterte said.

Duterte, being the acting city mayor, signed the Executive Order (EO) No. 17, creating the Task Force Cocaine and other illegal drugs.

He said the creation of the task force was actually the brainchild of his father, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who is currently on leave until April 7.

The purpose of the EO is to officially manifest the city government's support and intention to "strengthen the campaign against importation, exportation and transshipment of cocaine and other illegal drugs in the city", he said.

He said the operatives already have the identity of the suspect.

Duterte added that the task force will exist for as long as the problem on illegal drugs exists in the city.

"Kung nahadlok ra mo iuli na sa ila, pwede ninyo iagi sa akoa, iuli sa akong balay para ako na lang uli kang Mayor Rody (To those who have the missing bricks but are just afraid of returning them to the operatives, you may hand it over to me at my house and I will give it to Mayor Rody)," he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 02, 2014.

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