Malacañang reminded on Sunday, June 5, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte that he should follow due process and act in accordance with the law amid recent threat to humiliate high-ranking police officials who were supposedly involved in illegal drugs.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said while all efforts to combat corruption are laudable, adhering to the law is still of paramount importance.
“Isa sa mga mahahalagang haligi ng administrasyong Aquino ang pagsugpo sa katiwalian sa lahat ng antas at ahensiya ng pamahalaan kabilang na ang pambansang pulisya. Anumang hakbang hinggil sa pagkamit ng hangaring ito ay kinakailangang bigyan ng suporta,” he said.
“Magkagayunpaman, anumang pagkilos laban sa katiwalian ay marapat pa ring tumalima sa tamang proseso alinsunod sa mga isinasaad ng batas,” he added.
Duterte at his thanksgiving party in Davao on Saturday bared that there were three generals in the Philippine National Police (PNP) who have ties with illegal activities.
He did not name the three but urged them to voluntary resign before he assumes office on June 30 to avoid being humiliated in public.
Coloma said calling for the resignation of the PNP officials is a “prerogative” of Duterte as duly elected President of the country.