The president on Tuesday summoned the cops, who were accused of various crimes, to the presidential palace — or the Malacañang — and unloaded on them on the driveway, Philippines-based news site Rappler reported .
“You are useless to me,” he said in front of the cameras. “You are a scourge to society.
“If you keep doing that, son of a b—h, I’ll really kill you.”
Watch Duterte deliver those warnings in a mixture of Tagalog and English in the video below. It’s not clear whether the people standing behind him were the supposedly corrupt cops.
The cops presented to Duterte on Tuesday had been accused of robbery, extortion, serious illegal detention, kidnapping, rape, going absent without official leave (AWOL), serious neglect of duty, and grave misconduct Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar told Rappler.
Some of them had been taken out of prison just to be at the event, said Eleazar, adding that they would be taken back to jail afterward.
Duterte also warned that he would deploy a “special unit” to hunt and kill cops involved with drug or crime syndicates, as he continues his brutal drug war that activists estimate has killed over 12,000 people .
He said: “I have a special unit which will watch you for life and if you commit even a small mistake, I’ll ask that you be killed.”
Duterte has been ramping up his rhetoric against corrupt police and military personnel in recent months.
Last month, Duterte promised to ” terminate ” officers who are involved in the drug trade or killed for money. Several politicianswere shot dead in assassinations, and it was discovered that a police officer assigned to a drug enforcement unit was involved in an assassination attempt .