Duterte: ₱5M reward for each dead 'ninja cop,' ₱10,000 if alive

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The President calls on cops involved in illegal drugs to surrender within 48 hours. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 17) — Cops involved in illegal drugs now have a ₱5 million bounty on their heads, courtesy of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"Kung dalhin mo 'yan sakin patay, ₱5 million. Pag buhay bigyan kita diyes mil (₱10,000)," Duterte said during a speech in Davao City Friday night.

[Translation: "If you bring him to me dead, ₱5 million. If you bring him to me alive I'll give you ₱10,000."]

Duterte said he is not asking people to kill "ninja cops" – policemen who use drugs or involved in illegal drugs operations.

"Wala akong sinabing patayin mo, pero pag dinala mong buhay bigyan kitang diyes mil," he said.

[Translation: "I did not say you should kill, but if you bring them to me alive I'll give you ₱10,000."]

He urged them to surrender within 48 hours instead.

"Kasi pag hindi kayo nagsurrender dadagdagan ko yan ₱1 million per month," he said.

The President has publicly lashed out at errant cops. He earlier raised the ₱2 million bounty on "ninja cops" to ₱3 million.

A total of 58 uniformed personnel have been arrested for their involvement in drugs since Duterte assumed office and launched his bloody war on drugs in July 2016, according to government data released Friday. Over 4,000 suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations, official figures also show.

Local and international human rights groups said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to kill those involved in the drug trade. They said this resulted in more than 13,000 extrajudicial killings in the drug war.

Malacañang has said there are no state-sponsored killings, adding that it is committed to investigate officers who violate and abuse their power.