DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday gave a 48-hour ultimatum to all drug pushers to leave the city or else face death.
Mayor Duterte bared this during the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) held last Monday afternoon at the Grand Menseng Hotel.
"I'd like to warn the residents in Dewey Boulevard. You are into illegal drugs. I'm warning you. I'm giving you 48 hours," Duterte said.
Duterte identified drug pushers residing particularly on the Trading Boulevard heading to the coastal areas.
"Those who distribute illegal drugs in Boulevard. Pagnakita ko kayo papatayin ko kayo dito, believe me," Duterte warned.
He also requested the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao Region to furnish a copy of their list of identified drug pushers in the city.
"Hiraman ko yong listahan ninyo, yong sa order of battle. Magprankahan nalang tayo. Papatayin ko kayo, 48 hours, pagnakita ko kayo sabihin ko sa pulis barilin ko kayo," Duterte ordered.
Duterte, meanwhile, clarified that the he will not wait for drug pushers to engage in any criminal activity.
"Hindi ko na kayo hihintayin to commit ng crime, after all you're into illegal drug activities, Duterte said.
He did not reverse his decision regarding the ultimatum and even challenged drug pushers to file a case against him.
"Leave the city. I know where you live. If I still see you here then it’s the end for you. If you want to file a case against me, then I will include your family," Duterte directed his warning to the drug pushers.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) spokesperson Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, in a separate interview, said they are set to conduct another “One Time, Big Time” operation which is not focused on the area of Trading Boulevard but in all hotspot areas in the city.
But Driz refused to give further details to not hamper on their operations.
“Our campaign against illegal drugs has been intensified. We did not receive the list yet. But the ultimatum issued by Mayor Duterte would be helpful to us," Driz told Sun.Star Davao in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.
The names of the drug pushers written in the list will not be revealed, Driz said.
DCPO director Vicente D. Danao Jr. also issued directives not only to the Sta. Ana police but to all police stations to intensify their respective campaigns in their areas of responsibility (AORs) following Duterte's order.
As the police force is bent on implementing the order of Mayor Duterte, different village chiefs also took their own initiatives on the issue.
Village chief of Barangay 31-D, Joel Landero, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Superbalita, said that he supports the ultimatum issued by Mayor Duterte to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs.
"Moangkon kong anaa pa sa akong barangay pero naa pa ko'y 70 ka ulo nga limpiyuhon diri. Sa listahan, dunay 56 nga nasikop. Ang 20 ani pulos namatay kay nisukol sa pulis (I admit that there are drug pushers still engaged in illegal activities in my barangay. There are 70 individuals who are still engaged in illegal drugs)," Landero said.