Gordon interprets Duterte’s ‘kill all’ order issued to Espenido

Gordon interprets Duterte’s ‘kill all’ order issued to Espenido

The orders given to Lt. Jovie Espenido by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was that he was free to kill all those who would dare cross the line in his relentless anti-illegal drugs campaign.

Senator Richard Gordon would not have any of it and totally disagrees with the Chief Executive’s order.

The senator, however, said the usual ‘’kill’’ word in the President Duterte’s language was his usual way of scaring those in involved in the multi-billion-peso illegal drugs trade.
Senator Richard Gordon
(photo credit to MB)

“Iba klase si Presidente,’’ Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon, and Justice and Human Rights Committees, told Senate mediamen recently.
‘’You don’t mean that, do you? (If it is), that is wrong,’’ the senator said, a statement apparently addressed to the President.
‘’I don’t agree with it. Magingat lang tayo. You might fall on hour own sword. I don’t have to agree with everything he says. Di ako nagpapaguwapo. (Let us be careful. By saying out loud, I will be doing my duty as friend,’’ he added.

Gordon recalled that during the recent visit by the President in Russia, he winced when Duterte said  ‘’I will kill you if you bring drugs to my people.’’
That is the way the President’s way of scaring the daylights of the Russian businessmen, Gordon explains.

Espenido’s new assignment

President Duterte recently appointed Espenido as the new Bacolod police chief and that he was given the order of the President that he was free to kill those who cross the line in his anti-illegal drugs campaign.

‘’Bacolod is badly hit [by drugs] now. I placed Espenido there. I said, ‘Go there and you are free to kill everybody. Son of a b****, start killing there. The two of us will then go to jail’,” Duterte said in a mix of Filipino and English in a speech in Manila.
The President was also as saying  he does “not care about human rights”, and issued a “shoot-to-kill” order if drug suspects resist arrest.

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Report from Manila Bulletin

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