By Roy Mabasa
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he will no longer listen to complaints from human rights advocates – local or foreign – who are critical of his war on drugs campaign.
“Ito ‘yang droga, for these human rights in or out of the Philippines, hear this: Forget about it. Your complaints would just fall on deaf ears. Hindi kita pa(ki)kinggan. I have promised, that was my second promise,” Duterte said in his speech at the send-off ceremony of Vietnamese fishermen in Sual, Pangasinan.
Duterte accused human rights advocates of just “using” the rallies to raise the issue of extrajudicial killings.
What hurts him most, the President pointed out, is that these human rights advocates would come to the Philippines together with their counterparts, brandishing lists of alleged victims of EJKs.
Duterte said even the figures being presented to the public do not tally. “Tapos kopyahin nila ‘yang, O, Duterte, 10,000. Sometimes 6,000, sometimes 4,000.”
The President likewise rebuked human rights proponents who lecture him about the nature and effect of illegal drugs to an individual.
“It is a health issue, it is a social problem. But you come here, you just take a look at the list, without asking me why… we became a narco-political state, ang Philippines, about four or five years ago. That’s the problem,” he said.
Along the way, Duterte said four million Filipinos have been contaminated with drugs.
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