Mr. Acierto said he was not sure if Mr Duterte had known about Mr. Yang's alleged involvement in drugs before submitting his report. But in light of the report, he said that if Mr. Duterte "really was angry at the spread of drugs, why didn't he have these people examined or arrested?"
Attempts to contact Mr Yang have been unsuccessful. 19659002] Mr. Acierto said he thought Mr. Duterte's war on drugs – where police and vigilants have killed thousands of people, most of them poor – should focus on major drug traffickers, including ties with China and Taiwan. He said he thought he was threatening to involve two such higher-ups.
Officials in Mr. Duterte's government said they would take a look at the Chinese citizens mentioned in Mr Acierto's report, even though they disputed his claims.
Salvador Panelo, Mr Duterte's spokesman, said it was easy for everyone to take a photo taken with the president and he accused opposition figures of being behind it, he called a "political stunt". He said Mr Acierto's report had never been "validated" by the country's then police officer, Ronald Split Rosa, a long-term aid to Mr Duterte.  "The president would never tolerate anyone involved in drugs regardless of size or relationship with him," Panelo said in an interview. "That policy is inflexible."
It's not clear where Mr. Acierto is staying, but some of the people with him on Sunday were associated with the Catholic Church, a strong institution in the Philippines that has been critical of Mr. Dutert's drug war. Several bishops have also recently said they had received death threats and wondered that they came from people who were affiliated with the government.
In his speech Tuesday in the southern town of Koronadal rev. Dutted into Mr. Acierto, he an "idiot," accusing him of involvement in drug trafficking himself with various other crimes.
"Never believe this Acierto," Duterte said. "What if I ask the military and the police," Why is this bitch still alive? ""