Philippines: Duterte links 150 judges, politicians to illegal drugs trade

Philippine president fires police and military officers and revokes their gun licences on Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday has publicly linked more than 150 local officials, congressmen, judges, policemen and soldiers to the narcotics trade and warned them to surrender themselves or face the consequences.

Duterte said the security forces who are involved would be fired. He also cancelled the gun licences of those officials he named.

He asked the listed government officials to report to the interior ministry, the judges to the justice ministry, and the policemen and soldiers to report to their respective units.

"Or else, I will order the entire Armed Forces of the Philippines to hunt you down," Duterte warned.

The president named nearly seven judges, 52 current and former mayors and vice-mayors, three congressmen, and 95 policemen and soldiers involved in the illegal drugs trade.

Referring to those mentioned in the list, he said: "This is not personal to me. I am not your enemy. I don't have ill feelings towards you. But I am angry now."

The Straits Times reported that Duterte also said that he is taking full responsibility for all the consequences following their disclosures.

"Any mistake of the military and police here, I will take responsibility. I ordered the listing, revalidation. I am the one reading it, and I am the sole person responsible for the same," he said.

Almost 800 people have already lost their lives in extrajudicial killings since Duterte came to the power.

The human rights have widely protested against his "shoot-to-kill" orders but Duterte has clearly said on Friday that he will stick to his decision and he "does not care about human rights".

"This campaign (of) shoot-to-kill will remain until the last day of my term if I'm still alive by then. I don't care about human rights, believe me," he said in a news conference.

He has also dismissed a call from the UN anti-drugs office to stop the killings. "These NGOs (non-governmental organisations) that are complaining to the United Nations, this is none of their business," he said.

He added: "I'm waging a war. I am now invoking the articles of war."

Duterte said he is not afraid of this anti-crime campaign creating his impeachment and removal from office.