President Duterte was deeply hurt Sunday when he included some friends in his list of local officials, lawmen and court judges with alleged drug ties, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno shared Monday.
Sueno said Duterte first presented his list of “narco-politicians” to his Cabinet Secretaries before announcing it in a live televised speech.
Many Cabinet Secretaries, he said, were shocked when they discovered that some of the President’s close friends, including the few people who helped in his poll campaign, were identified in the list.
“Iyung iba sa Cabinet meeting namin were shocked to hear the name dahil kaibigan niya talaga pero sabi niya, ‘What can I do, I have to do my job,'” he said.
He said the sorrowful Duterte exposed the alleged wrongdoing out of love for country and the desire to abolish drug rings/
“Kaunti lang talaga ang tumulong sa kanya sa kampanya… Masakit sa loob niya na tumulong sa kanya tapos andyan sa listahan pero he cannot do anything. Talagang napakabigat,” he said.
“Ganyan talaga ka-patriotic ang Presidente natin. Basta sa kanya love for the Filipino people, love for the country — para malinis lang niya, bahala na kung sino ang maapakan. Talagang ganyan ka-tindi ang passion niya to eliminate drugs dito sa Pilipinas.”
Duterte on Sunday named over 150 individuals from local governments, law enforcement agencies and the judiciary as alleged drug coddlers and drug lords.
Among those he named were his friends, Maasin, Iloilo Mayor Marciano Malones and Marawi City Mayor Omar Solitario Ali.
In his speech, the President said his duty to the country outweighs his friendship with the drug-linked officials.
“Iyong mga kaibigan kung hindi ko basahin kasi kilala kita, ang pinakamabuti kong magawa para sa bayan, mag-resign. Ganun ako katali, mahiya naman ako sa kumpare ko eh nakatulong naman ito sa pagka-Presidente ko, well and good, at mabayaran kita sa anumang paraan,” he said.
“Mabuhay ka, kung sabihin mo may naghurumintado diyan, tawagan mo ako harapin natin dalawa. Pero not this one because this is not personal to me. Hindi ko kayo kalaban, wala akong sama ng loob sa inyo pero galit na ako ngayon.”(MNS)