Updated 11:23 AM PHT Fri, September 30, 2016
Metro Manila (CNN Philipines) — President Rodrigo Duterte dashes any hopes of meeting up with Bilibid convict Jaybee Sebastian, who had said he was ready to spill the beans regarding the illegal drug trade at the national penitentiary.
"I don't talk to criminals," was Duterte's terse reply during a media briefing after a two-day working visit to Vietnam.
The President, who landed at the Davao International Airport around 2:05 a.m., told Sebastian to talk to a fiscal or "write a letter to Yasay" instead.
He said Sebastian had it coming.
"Hiningi nyo yan [You asked for it]... Be careful of what you wish for (like money) because you might get it," Duterte said. "There is always a comeuppance in the law of karma."
He also recounted that a certain billionaire gave him a computation of the economic impact of illegal drugs in the Philippines: ₱200 per "hit" everyday translates to ₱6,000/month multiplied by 3 million addicts equals ₱18 billion/month or ₱216 billion/year.
Duterte also mentioned several issues discussed with President Tran Dai Quang: exploring ways of fighting transnational crimes including illegal drugs, ramping up bilateral exchanges and creating an environment conducive to investors, and peaceful resolution of disputes.
On promoting a drug-free ASEAN, he said they had an agreement to share intelligence data and he'd be sending some military and police to Hanoi.
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PH-U.S. joint military exercises
The President also put to rest the issue of ending military exercises in the country with the United States.
"In my term, yes," he said. "They ask for a joint maneuver operation and yet there is no capability in the weapons... and they do not share."
He then reacted to a comments by critics likening him to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler.
"Hitler massacred three million Jews. I'd be happy to slaughter three million addicts to save my country from perdition."
To two U.S. senators who were critical on the issue of extrajudicial killings, he said, "Do not interfere in our affairs. Why are you shooting Black people? There is a proper way. Do not shoot him."
He then took a swipe at the U.S. and the European Union: "You can call me anything, but I was never into hypocrisy like you... Do not pretend to be the moral conscience of the world. You do not have the eligibility."
The President also repeated his promise to end corruption, to cut red tape and to double the salaries of policemen and soldiers.
"Ayoko ng [I despise] graft and corruption. I will really skin you alive. I promised the people a clean government. Hwag nyo akong hiyain [Do not embarrass me]."
Farewell to Miriam
Before wrapping up, Duterte also expressed his "deepest condolences" to the Santiago family.
"I grieve with the family... Narciso the husband... The children, I feel your grief," he said.
He said the country lost a leader — her "colorful language," and above all, her brilliant mind.
"We have lost one good guy in the government."