DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte defended the police officers tasked to investigate the complaint against a taxi driver from malicious statements raised by netizens.

"Nagkagulo na sa social media. Ganito kasi yan, pag may tao pumunta sa police nag lodge ng complaint. Ang police must act. Walang discretion ang police whether nang imbento lang

ba. ‘Tsaka tinuro talaga ng victim yung taxi driver," Duterte said in an interview in Paquibato Proper, Paquibato District on Thursday afternoon.

Duterte was pertaining to the complaint against Santos Diez, a taxi driver, who was accused of robbing Jesus Dizon II, a pastor, by spraying a chemical that made him unconscious.

He also dismissed statements that what happened to Dizon in Cebu and in Davao recently are all modus operandi.

"Sa buhay may ganyan talaga na nangyayari. Ibang istorya iyan. Sinasabi nila na same modus operandi. Hindi porke't nagawa sa kanya doon sa Cebu tapos dito rin. It does not mean to say gawa-gawa niya yan. You have to investigate," he said.

Duterte also confirmed that two other sleep-spray case happened in the city, involving two females.

"Karon lang ni nibuto kay naa na gyud nagreklamo (This just came out big since someone filed a complaint)," he said.

"Also, it does not mean to say na buotan ang driver. Does not mean to say buotan na gyud. Ngano nakasulti mo nga buotan? Were you there all the years of his life? Just because wala kay gibuhat na tinonto sa kinabuhi (Just because the taxi is a good man does not mean he’s good every time)," he said.

Duterte said the hardest thing to prove in the case was the chemical he was able to inhale.

"What was it? Is it really something that would cause unconsciousness or dizziness on the person who inhaled it?" he said.

"Give time for the police to sort it out," he said.