Philippine President slams US, says drug war will not stop
دوشنبه 29 آذر 13:53
The Philippine President vowed Friday to keep up his controversial campaign against drugs as long as he remains in office.
according to rapporteur report from CNN, link ,Rodrigo Duterte was met with a roar of approval and chants of "Duterte, Duterte" when he took to the stage in Singapore to address members of the Filipino community.
He said he would not stop "until the last drug pusher and the last drug lord are..." at which point he drew his finger across his neck in a dramatic execution-style gesture.
"Look; it can never be a crime to say, 'I will kill you if you destroy my country,'" he added, asking the appreciative crowd to look at the crime rate. "Almost gone," he said. "Ask your relatives back home."
Public attention to the controversial campaign intensified Monday when Duterte admitted to personally killing drug suspects during his time as mayor of Davao City.
"In the crawlers of CNN and BBC, since yesterday, it's said 'Duterte admits killing, shooting criminals,'" the president announced to a booing crowd. "They're not wrong."
Later, back in the Philippines, Duterte said he had killed three people, then said he was among a group firing weapons and he had no way of knowing if his bullets were the ones who struck their targets.
"When I tell you now that I killed, do not term them as suspects," he said. "Because all of them died while they were fighting government people.
"At least I killed to protect people. I am not a dictator killing my political opponents to stay in power."
'Under the United States for 50 years'
During his speech, Duterte also lashed out at US criticism of his policies.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government aid agency, said this week it "deferred a vote on the reselection of the Philippines" for development, "subject to a further review of concerns around rule of law and civil liberties."
The release did not elaborate on the value of the aid package.
"We were under the US for 50 years. You live off the fat of the land, you got the best of our worlds and you threatened to cut our aid, so I said to Obama: 'Go to hell,'" said Duterte.
"We are members of the United Nations, correct? If there's something that you are against in my policies or behavior, go to the United Nations and complain. Then the UN and its organs or agencies will investigate. Then and only then, when there's a report submitted to the assembly, bring it to the floor," he stressed.
"Don't reprimand me like I'm your boy. I am the President of the Republic of the Philippines," he added.