President calls for prosecution of Philippine presidential candidate for alleged drug sales

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called for the prosecution of a presidential candidate in the Philippines for allegedly selling illegal drugs, just two days before the ballot.

“You want to (be) president of the entire Filipino people and get high? You will have to go to jail,” Duterte said during a televised press conference, adding: “It is not acceptable.”

The Filipino President stated that he will be ordering the Bureau of Customs to investigate the drug allegations made by a private citizen against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is running to be elected president.

“No, she’s not the only one (involved), but she’s the first one we are talking about,” Duterte said, saying that those involved would be prosecuted if found guilty.

More than 20 million Filipinos will vote on Wednesday, including more than three million overseas voters from around the world, to elect a new leader.

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Duterte has been leading the polls in most surveys since April.

“His (Duterte’s) one goal was to raise and sustain an image as the most rough and tough guy in the land, an East meets West kind of guy with revolutionary standing who would tell the truth with a brash honesty that far transcends borders and races and even was a big hit with a large swathe of Filipinos who felt neglected under the previous national government,” wrote Mark J. Perry, a professor at the University of Michigan.

“He galvanized more than 12 million people — approximately one third of the population — to build into his candidacy the notion that a few bad apples (and perhaps a lot of them) are tainted and illegitimate in the highest levels of government.”

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