PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte told the army and police to shoot and kill candidates who refuse to surrender their high-powered firearms.
“Kapag may firearm ka na M16, M14, kapag sinabi ka ng pulis pati ng military, ibaba mo ‘yan, i-surrender mo. ‘Pag hindi mo sinunod ‘yan, sinasabi ko sa pulis pati sa military, patayin mo. Patayin mo. Kasi lumalaban eh. That’s defiance,” Duterte said in a speech during the last campaign sortie of his party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Saturday.
Duterte added: “How can you arrest a person who does not want to surrender? Eh ‘di patayin mo. (Just kill them.)”
In two raids days before the elections on Monday, authorities recovered from the homes of two mayoral bets in Caraga region a grenade, high-powered firearms and ammunition.
One of the two was San Francisco, Surigao del Norte Mayor Guia Plaza-Sabanal, who is running for reelection under PDP-Laban.
It was learned that aside from a fragmentation grenade, an unregistered .38 caliber revolver and ammunition, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group operatives also found Friday in Plaza-Sabanal’s home P5.9 million in cash along with sample ballots.