Inject fake medicines into their sellers, Duterte tells authorities
MANILA, Philippines — Inject the fake medicines into those selling them, President Rodrigo Duterte told authorities during the taped weekly “Talk to the People” that aired late on Monday.
“The [fake] drugs seized from them, you keep it for the courts’ intervention. You preserve the body of the crime,” Duterte, speaking in a mix of English and Filipino, said, addressing Deputy Director Oscar Gutierrez of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
“Now, if there are already too many of them, my suggestion to the NBI and the CIDG: ‘Tell them [sellers] to keep half of what was confiscated. Let them take it — slowly,” he added.
The NBI and CIDG are the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police.
“Really, let them take all the Viagra. Let them take 10 Viagras,” he added.
Duterte said he would take the blame if one of the suspects would die after taking the fake medicines.
“Let them take it. Inject it. If they die, I’m sorry. If they ask who ordered it. Tell them it’s Duterte,” he said.
He further threatened those selling fake medicines.
“I will let you take them or I will inject them in your bodies. If you die or get sick, that’s your problem. Don’t run to me for the problem that you created,” Duterte said.
“Let’s see each other in court. After all, there’s already a big court chasing me. Just add the case there,” he added. “Tell them who ordered it. Tell them it’s me Just add the case to the ICC.”
He was referring to the International Criminal Court where a case of crimes against humanity had been filed against him in connection with the drug war killings.
According to the FDA, 21 out of 926 drug outlets nationwide are suspected of selling fake medicines and diagnostic kits.
Since 2018, the NBI has seized in various operations a total of P27,364,600 worth of fake medicines.
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