A profane President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said Filipinos benefited from his administration’s war on drugs and not him or his family.
Duterte insisted on the fruits of his drug war during a televised address, where he ranted against critics of his administration’s centerpiece program.
“Ipagpalagay na natin totoo ‘yang sinabi ng human rights, p****g i*a, sinong nakinabang diyan? Ako? Ako ang nakinabang? Pamilya ko? Nakinabang sila diyan sa p****g i***g mga patay na ‘yan? Sino? Sinong nakinabang? Kayo, ang anak ninyo, ang bayan natin ang nakinabang,” he said.
Duterte made his remarks a week after 10 US senators urged President Joe Biden to look into the human rights abuses in the country
Duterte also warned the US State Department to not be pressured by the 10 senators.
“I’d like to say something about itong State Department. Be careful. Be careful of what you are planning or doing there because you yourself, your country is — hindi lang was — is guilty of also of so many violations of human rights,” he said.
According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, in 200,632 anti-drug operations conducted from July 2016 to April 2020, 6,117 individuals were killed.
Duterte’s drug war, according to some human rights groups, has killed thousands more than the official numbers. John Ezekiel J. Hirro