President Rodrigo Duterte said politicians involved in the illegal drug trade become millionaires overnight.
"Itong mga ito, overnight. Itong mayor ng Albuera, itong sina Odicta, Mindanao, both the Moro and Christians, nandiyan, naglalaro. So ito, walang pagod ito. All they have to do is order their servants to cook it in front of me, and if you have an organization, ipagbili mo. In one month's time, they own hotels, ships, good life. Mga anak nila, Australia, Amerika nag-aaral. Why? Because they go around as warlords," Duterte said during the oath-taking of police officials.
He also said this is the reason why he ordered all soldiers to go back to their mother units, so these politicians wouldn't be as well protected as before.
"Protektado sila, mayor, barangay captain, tapos may pulis na body guard, may army. The first thing I did really was, sabi ko, all of you, return to your mother units. So I left them naked," Duterte added.
ABS-CBN News, January 19, 2017