- President Rodrigo Roa Duterte revealed former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) as the source of his narco-personalities as he addresses the Filipino community in Laos on Monday, September 5
- According to Duterte, FVR had visited him in Davao City for four times and urged him to run for office by showing him the list and telling him that he is the only one who can stop them
- Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella had said that the President is privy to other sources of intelligence reports
After being privy to the source of his narco-personality announcements, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte finally announced before the Filipino community in Laos on Monday night, September 5, that the source of his list is none other than former President Fidel V. Ramos.
In his speech, Duterte has said that contrary to what reports say, he was visited by the former president four times, and not three.
"You know, President Ramos went to Davao four times, not three times. Four. Tapos noong una, wala siyang pinakita, basta sabi lang niya,'You must run because it’s about time that Mindanao would have its own president," Duterte said.
(You know, President Ramos went to Davao four times, not three times. Four. At first, he didn't show anything, he just said, 'You must run because it's about time that Mindanao would have its own president.)
According to him, it was in one of these visits when Ramos convinced him to run for the presidency. The former president had shown him a list of the government personalities involved in the drug trade and also told him that he is the only one who can stop them.
"'Yun lang ang usapan, limitado. And you can ask him, buhay pa si Ramos eh. The second time, he was strongly urging me to run. Sabi niya, ‘Ikaw lang ang makapigil nito kung papano.’ Then he showed me a list ng mga—nandoon na—mga generals sa droga. Pati pulis, ganoon kakapal, hindi ko pa binitawan ‘yung iba kasi vina-validate ko pa," he added.
(That's all we talked about, limited. And you can ask him, Ramos is still alive Ramos. The second time, he was strongly urging me to run. He had said, You are the only one who can stop how it works. Then he showed me a list of the drug-linked generals. Police too, it was so thick, I have not announced the others because I have yet to validate it.)
Ramos reportedly continued wooing him to solve the drug problem and run for office despite his emphasis on the lack of funds. Ramos had allegedly told him, 'No. If you keep on refusing, this country will go to the dogs.'
“Sabi niya, ‘No. If you keep on refusing, this country will go to the dogs.’ Pinakita niya, ‘What can you do with this?’ Sabi ko, nakita ko mga generals, ganoon. Hindi naman akin ‘yun. Pati ‘yung kay De Leila, hindi ‘yun akin,” Duterte clarified.
(He had said 'No. If you keep on refusing, this country will go to the dogs. He then showed me [the list] and asked, "What can you do with this?' I said, I saw the generals. It was not mine. Even those with Leila De Lima, that is not mine.)
It can be remembered that the President has immediately announced five alleged narco-generals just a few days after he was sworn in. The president has also just recently revealed a drug matrix for those believed to have links at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) including Senator Leila de Lima, Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III, and Pangasinan Rep. Amado Espino Jr.
All three have denied the links to the illegal drug trade.
When some of the names in Duterte's drug list turned out to be inactive or dead, speculations as to his source circulated. Three government agencies including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have all denied that they helped in preparing Duterte’s narco-list.
When asked where Duterte got the names of alleged drug protectors in government, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said that the President is privy to other sources of intelligence reports.