Duterte: No stopping drug war despite UNHRC probe
MANILA, Philippines – Not a even a resolution from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to probe the human rights situation in the Philippines can stop President Rodrigo Duterte from pursuing his war against illegal drugs.
Duterte, who started his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs shortly after assuming office in June 2016, said the drug situation in the country is “quite low.”
“Well, one is that I have to preserve the accomplishments. The drug situation is quite low and therefore the crime rate, the index crimes, also went down,” he said Wednesday in an interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s Give Us Thid Day show.
Duterte has been giving inconsistent statements on the situation of the war against drugs in the Philippines. In March this year, the President said the drug problem in the country has “worsened.”
But in his interview Wednesday, he claims there are leas drugs in the streets now.
“There are less drugs on the streets,” he said.
“I intend to keep it low if not eradicate all. That is one I would like to maintain,” he added.
“I told you, if you are into drugs, drop it now because you will die. my order is very clear, destroy the drug apparatus in the Philippines,” he said.
“Drop the drugs or drop dead,” he added. “Whether they like it or not, I will continue what I started to the very end.”
The President also cited a “reduced number of crimes against persons.”
He also cited a “reduced number of crimes against persons.”
While admitting that there are still reports of “robbery on the streets, well sometimes murder,” he said “it has dropped to about 40 percent.”
“What I promised was if elected President, I would return the right of the citizens to use the streets, alleys, parks and all without fear,” he said. /muf
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