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BULACAN, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said he will soon reveal his new and final list of drug personalities, a list that he said contains around 1,000 names.
“The final report is there, I’m about to make it public,” said Duterte on Thursday, September 15 while speaking at a military camp in San Miguel, Bulacan.
Duterte then called for his Special Assistant Christopher Go who handed him the actual list onstage. It appeared to be a wad of papers, over an inch thick, and bound.
In his speech, the President made no mention of the Senate probe hours earlier, where a witness had testified that he ordered killings in Davao City when he was mayor.
The list contains around 1,000 names, around 6 times longer than his previous drug list which contained 158 names.
“There are 1,000 – barangay captains, police, mayors, and governors, and judges,” said the President.
In fact, Duterte said he has spoken with some of the congressmen in the list. “Nakiusap ako sa mga congressman kahapon (I talked with the congressmen yesterday). What will I do with this?” he related.
Though he showed the document, he did not read any of the names out. However, he repeated his accusations against the Alcala family of Quezon. (READ: Duterte: Alcala drunk links 'true')
He said the contents of the list are based on “raw” intelligence screened by intelligence agencies including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA).
“Galing ‘yan sa mga raw tapos pinahasa ko sa mga intelligence – PDEA, NICA,” Duterte said. (This came from raw data then I had it fine-tuned by intelligence agencies – PDEA, NICA.)
Duterte has so far released a list of 158 government officials and 5 police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. He has also revealed a supposed matrix of drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison.
He has explained that revealing these names is part of his “duty to tell the truth to the Filipino people.” – Rappler.com
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