‘I will certainly kill you,’ Duterte warns illegal drug importers

/ 08:03 PM October 19, 2018


DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to kill drug smugglers, saying he would not care about human rights groups and other critics of his crackdown on illegal drugs.

In a speech during the inauguration of a shopping complex here, Mr. Duterte said the government had completely wiped out domestic drug laboratories in the country, and that drugs that remained in circulation nationwide were only those which were imported from the so-called Bamboo Triad in Southeast Asia and Mexico.


“You druggists, especially those importers, I will certainly kill you. I told you before, do not destroy my country,” Duterte said.

On why most of those killed in his administration’s war on drugs belonged to the poor, the 73-year old Chief Executive explained it is because crystal meth or shabu is basically the drug of choice of poor people, who also comprise majority of the addicts in the country.


“If you’re into drugs, I’ll really kill you. Human rights? I don’t give a sh–,” Mr. Duterte said. “If we don’t have law and order in this country, we would be going nowhere.”

Human rights groups said Duterte’s drug war has already claimed the lives of thousands of mostly poor individuals.  /kga

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Davao, Drug war, kill, Local news, news, Philippine news updates, regional news, Regions, Rodrigo Duterte, war on drugs
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.