Duterte: I am not a ‘killer’ but i have killed drug suspects

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President Rodrigo Duterte, told business leaders that he has personally killed drug suspects during his term as the Mayor of Davao.

Hours after declaring that he was not ‘a killer’ during an earlier speech at the Philippine Presidential palace for an awards ceremony, he addressed gathered business leaders at the Wallace Business Forum, “in Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the [policemen] that if I can do it, why can’t you?”, said Duterte.

Duterte expanded further during the forum on how he sought out bloody encounters, “I go around in Davao (on) a big bike and I would just patrol the streets looking for trouble. I was really looking for an opportunity to kill,” 

There are no easy solutions

“I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy [seeing] a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood,” he said.

“I would like to get advice. What should I do? I really want to cry. I feel as if I can’t do it, I do not want you to die, that is not my order,” said Duterte.

The ‘war on drugs’ according to the national police has claimed 5900 lives since July, a third of which Duterte cited were killed in legitimate police operations, the remaining number were killed by vigilantes or as part of extra-judicial killings.

Duterte, accused of violence on many occasions previously told a reporter in October 2015, three months prior he “killed about three people” as during his term as the Mayor of Davao. 

Adopt an addict

There have been a number of outspoken critics on Duterte’s methods including his own Vice-President, resigning from her cabinet position last week, due to irreconcilable differences. Robredo, stressed whilst she is not against the war on drugs, it has left a feeling of ‘helplessness’ for the opposition to the administrations policies. 

The Catholic church criticising the methods to deal with drug users, were told “Check out your flock and look for the lost sheep.”

“They say (to me), ‘Why did Duterte have to kill them? Why not just send them to [rehabilitation centers]?’ Son of a bitch. They did not know I have nowhere to go,” he said.

Slum in Manila
Slum in Manila

Duterte has a number of times laid the blame squarely with the previous administration for not understanding the scale of the drug problem within the country, and simply ignoring it. He has pointed to the lack of funds from the previous administrations budget, hence there are no funds to be allocated towards rehabilitation of drug users. 

To others in the Philippines who lament his ‘war on drugs’ he had a novel idea which drew a few chuckles from the attending crowd as he encouraged ‘rich’ households with mansions and spare bedrooms to adopt a drug addict starting with Tondo, Manila’s largest slum and one of the poorest and underdeveloped areas of the country. 

“So to the bleeding hearts, if you really want to stop the violence, do it. You adopt an addict and share the love [with] your fellowmen,” he said.

“It’s for you to understand the perdition of a drug addict. If you want, I will start with those from Tondo. Choose what you want, boy or girl. It’s just the same [anyway]. If they go crazy, they will stab you dead. It leads to a massacre. Do you think it’s that easy?” he said.

He once again iterated he will not be swayed by human rights organisations, the UN, United States or EU. “If I am afraid [and] stop because of the human rights … sorry, I am not about to do that,” he said.

“You [want to] arrest me? Oust me? Go ahead,” he added.

“So fine. Oust me? Good. Assassinate me? Better. I have this migraine every day (anyway),” he said.

 

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President Rodrigo Duterte, told business leaders that he has personally killed drug suspects during his term as the Mayor of Davao.

Reading Time: 3 minutes

President Rodrigo Duterte, told business leaders that he has personally killed drug suspects during his term as the Mayor of Davao.

Hours after declaring that he was not ‘a killer’ during an earlier speech at the Philippine Presidential palace for an awards ceremony, he addressed gathered business leaders at the Wallace Business Forum, “in Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the [policemen] that if I can do it, why can’t you?”, said Duterte.

Duterte expanded further during the forum on how he sought out bloody encounters, “I go around in Davao (on) a big bike and I would just patrol the streets looking for trouble. I was really looking for an opportunity to kill,” 

There are no easy solutions

“I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy [seeing] a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood,” he said.

“I would like to get advice. What should I do? I really want to cry. I feel as if I can’t do it, I do not want you to die, that is not my order,” said Duterte.

The ‘war on drugs’ according to the national police has claimed 5900 lives since July, a third of which Duterte cited were killed in legitimate police operations, the remaining number were killed by vigilantes or as part of extra-judicial killings.

Duterte, accused of violence on many occasions previously told a reporter in October 2015, three months prior he “killed about three people” as during his term as the Mayor of Davao. 

Adopt an addict

There have been a number of outspoken critics on Duterte’s methods including his own Vice-President, resigning from her cabinet position last week, due to irreconcilable differences. Robredo, stressed whilst she is not against the war on drugs, it has left a feeling of ‘helplessness’ for the opposition to the administrations policies. 

The Catholic church criticising the methods to deal with drug users, were told “Check out your flock and look for the lost sheep.”

“They say (to me), ‘Why did Duterte have to kill them? Why not just send them to [rehabilitation centers]?’ Son of a bitch. They did not know I have nowhere to go,” he said.

Slum in Manila
Slum in Manila

Duterte has a number of times laid the blame squarely with the previous administration for not understanding the scale of the drug problem within the country, and simply ignoring it. He has pointed to the lack of funds from the previous administrations budget, hence there are no funds to be allocated towards rehabilitation of drug users. 

To others in the Philippines who lament his ‘war on drugs’ he had a novel idea which drew a few chuckles from the attending crowd as he encouraged ‘rich’ households with mansions and spare bedrooms to adopt a drug addict starting with Tondo, Manila’s largest slum and one of the poorest and underdeveloped areas of the country. 

“So to the bleeding hearts, if you really want to stop the violence, do it. You adopt an addict and share the love [with] your fellowmen,” he said.

“It’s for you to understand the perdition of a drug addict. If you want, I will start with those from Tondo. Choose what you want, boy or girl. It’s just the same [anyway]. If they go crazy, they will stab you dead. It leads to a massacre. Do you think it’s that easy?” he said.

He once again iterated he will not be swayed by human rights organisations, the UN, United States or EU. “If I am afraid [and] stop because of the human rights … sorry, I am not about to do that,” he said.

“You [want to] arrest me? Oust me? Go ahead,” he added.

“So fine. Oust me? Good. Assassinate me? Better. I have this migraine every day (anyway),” he said.

 

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