WATCH: Duterte warns ‘last Christmas’ for drug addicts, criminals
Presidential aspirant Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte means business even if the Philippines is welcoming a merry season.
In a 30-second video which seems to be the feisty mayor’s Christmas message, Duterte warned criminals, corrupt officials, and drug addicts to stop making the lives of Filipinos “miserable.”
He said that if they continue to do their evil ways, this coming Christmas would be their last.
“Alam ninyo, ako’y tao lamang. Kaya’t binabati ko pa rin ng Merry Christmas kayong mga durugista, magnanakaw, mga corrupt, mga kriminal at kayong mga nagpapahirap sa mga Pilipino. Kaya kung ayaw ninyong huminto, at patuloy pa rin ang karahasan, ito na ang huli ninyong ‘Merry Christmas,’” he said in the video.
(You know, I am only human. So I am still greeting drug addicts, thieves, corrupt officials, criminals and those who makes the lives of Filipinos miserable a merry Christmas. But if you do not want to stop, and just continue committing crimes, then this would be your last “Merry Christmas.”)
The video was posted by a group known as “Disiplina Duterte.”
On Facebook, the video has been shared 5,546 times and liked by 5,300 users by Tuesday afternoon.
The video has been posted on YouTube Monday.
Duterte earlier said that his platform of government is focused on fighting corruption, reducing criminality and drugs, and pushing for good governance.
The results of the latest Pulse Asia presidential preference poll showed Duterte in second place with 23 percent of respondents saying that they would vote for him.
He is 10 points behind current survey leader Vice President Jejomar Binay.
However, Duterte enjoys popular support from respondents hailing from Mindanao. He is also popular among respondents in Class ABC, with 28 percent of respondents in the said class rooting for him. IDL
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