HK trip prize for cop after killing boss tied to drugs

Top News | Cindy Wan 9 Nov 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he will reward a policeman who killed his superior for his involvement in illegal drugs with a trip to Hong Kong.

Duterte's comments came when he vowed to "direct the entire government machinery to mobilize its assets and to take an active role in the anti-illegal drug campaign nationwide."

Duterte started a war on drugs in 2016, but the government's iron-fisted policies have been widely criticized for extrajudicial killings of drug traffickers, users and even innocent children.

During an event where he announced the notion of establishing a national anti-illegal drug task force on Tuesday, Duterte said he will reward the policeman who killed Superintendent Santiago Rapiz, who was accused of recycling and reselling illegal drugs that had been confiscated.

"I am going to reward that policeman. Any policeman who kills their superior because the superior is into drugs, I will give you a prize and a trip to Hong Kong," Duterte said. "Yes, it's true. If you want to convert it into money, did I say three million pesos [HK$ 444,785]? Yes. Kill them, three million pesos."

Duterte visited Hong Kong last month to visit a private hospital, but confirmed that he does not suffer from cancer.

Separately, Hongkonger Tang Lung-wai, 47, who is serving a 40-year jail term for drug possession, is counting his days in New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

Tang, who claims to be innocent, has been in jail for 18 years after being arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking in June 2000.

A travel record issued by Manila's immigration authorities in August this year showed Tang was not in the Philippines when police were tailing a drug suspect whom was said to be him.

Tang lodged a final appeal in September.

However, there haven't been any updates from the court, according to supporter Lisa Tam Sin-man.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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