Duterte vows to finish illegal drug trade in last years of term

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Cebu (CNN Philippines, February 25) — President Rodrigo Duterte issued a stern warning to those involved in the drug trade as he transitions to the last half of his term: "I will finish you all."

Duterte made the comment during a speech in Cebu Sunday, adding he would put an end to illegal drug syndicates.

"Naa pa koy mga three years, mahurot gyud nana sila [I still have three years. They will all be gone]," he said.

Duterte also continued his tirade against businessman Peter Lim and Daanbantayan, Cebu Mayor Vicente Loot whom he linked to the illegal drug trade.

The President said he doesn't believe Loot got his wealth through legal means, and warned Lim to hide and not show up in the country.

"Consider my term the last three years as the most dangerous years for people who are into drugs either pusher, trafficker or drug lord. Kaning panahona, pinakadelikado gyod ning kinabuhi. Basta naa ka sa druga, I will make it very very dangerous for you to live...Itong remaining tatlong taon ko uubisin ko kayong lahat [My remaining three years, I will finish you all]," he said.

Duterte said the United States, after observing illegal drug trade in the Philippines, forecast in the1990s that the country may become a narco state.

He said he will prevent this situation from happening.

"Di ko musugot na kini akong nasod will become a failed state [I will not allow that our nation will become a failed state]," said Duterte.

Cebu-based stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.