DAVAO CITY – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday warned human traffickers saying he levels these criminals with that of drug traffickers.

“I cannot imagine a Filipina being sold to the slave market in Africa and to be there in bondage for the rest of her life,” he said.

“Kayong mga (human traffickers), dapat mamatay talaga kayo! (You, human traffickers, should die!) So do not force (us) because I said, I’ll place you on the level of drug traffickers,” Duterte said.

Duterte said trafficking drugs with the will of the individual is also a different story. “If I know that you are trafficking drugs and you know it and you are paid in doing it, wala,” Duterte said reiterating his plan to restore death penalty by hanging the criminal if he “gets to be somebody in the Republic”.

“Drugs automatic yan, wala yang reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment). Drugs is death, period. I will hang you,” Duterte said. He also advised traffickers to go out of the city.

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