Philippine National Police (PNP) outgoing chief Director General Ricardo Marquez urged the public to wait until incoming president Rodrigo Duterte takes office before taking seriously the president’s promise to reward cash to anyone who kills a drug lord.
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has promised to give a P5-million reward to anyone who is able to kill a drug lord. However, Marquez advises the public to wait for official statements soon after Duterte already assumes office.
“Those are just pronouncements yet of the incoming president. So let’s see and hear first what would be his official pronouncements later,” Marquez said.
Nonetheless, Marquez revealed that it has been a practice of the PNP to give bounty as a reward for information that would help arrest people who are wanted by the law. However, there are certain procedures that must be followed ibefore the money is rewarded.
“Again, there are procedures involved, kapag sobrang heinous crime ang involvement mo (if you have an involvement with a heinous crime), there is a board that does the deliberation. How much? We have a most wanted list with corresponding amount of rewards,” Marquez said.
It can be recalled that Duterte, on Saturday, announced that he would be giving a P5-million reward to anyone who kills a drug lord. A P4.9 million bounty also is available for those who can arrest a drug lord.
“Ang bayad ko ngayon, ‘pag drug lord, mag-announce na ‘ko, P5 million ‘pag patay; kung buhay, P4,999,000 lang (I would offer P5 million as a reward to anyone who kills a drug lord. If the drug lord is still alive, the bounty would only be P4.9 million.),” Duterte told at least 500,000 people during his victory party at the Crocodile Park in Davao City.
Also, it has been earlier reported that Duterte has already appointed Chief Supt. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to replace Marquez. Dela Rosa is also a former Davao City police chief.
The replacement will take effect after Duterte takes his oath on June 30.