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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday demanded the surrender of a town mayor and his son on alleged drug trafficking and threatened to issue a “shoot-on-sight” order, his spokesman said.

Duterte issued the demand during a cabinet meeting that discussed updates on his administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs, which has resulted in the killing of more than 300 suspects in just one month.

“President Duterte demanded the surrender of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr of Albuera (town), Leyte (province) and his son Kerwin Espinosa on the grounds of drug trafficking ... within 24 hours,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

If the father and son do not surrender, “an order of shoot on sight will be given if they resist arrest and endanger the lives of arresting police officers,” he added.

Last month, Duterte accused five police generals, two of whom were already retired, of being involved in the illegal drug trade and ordered them investigated. The generals have denied the allegations.

The 71-year-old president, who won elections in May on an anti-crime campaign, has repeatedly warned those involved in illegal drugs and criminality that he would kill them because they are destroying the Philippines and the future of the country's youth.

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