Duterte: It is my responsibility to keep the country safe

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President Rodrigo Duterte said foreigners have no right to impose their values on Filipinos as the country struggles to deal with the drug problem

(CNN Philippines, April 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte says there would be no let up in the fight against illegal drugs, stressing any respite from it may doom the future of the next generation of Filipinos.

He also said foreigners have no right to impose their values on Filipinos as the country struggles to deal with the drug problem.

"At the end of the day, I am solely responsible of keeping the Filipino nation protected and secured," the President said on Sunday, when he spoke to members of the media in Cagayan de Oro City.

Duterte was in the province to visit soldiers in Camp Evangelista. He awarded medals to several servicemen who were wounded in a series of encounters with the New People's Army on March 30.

The President said the government will pursue the fight against illegal drugs till the end. He added this fight is not about martial law.

He said, "It does not really matter about martial law, 'yung sinasabi nila gusto ko mag-diktator. P***** i**. Pinapaguran na nga ako nito eh. Gusto ko ng…  It has nothing to do with the suspension of habeas corpus, wala 'yan."

[Translation: It does not really matter about martial law, what they say about me wanting to be a dictator. Son of a b****. I am getting tired of this. I want... It has nothing to do with the suspension of habeas corpus, nothing.]

Duterte said he has to "preserve the next generation."

Harsh words for critics

The President did not mince words when talking about the European Union.

He said the EU has no idea about the magnitude of the drug problem in the country.

"With the four million drug addicts, and with the gall of this EU and every stupid idiot out there, hindi nila alam ang problema gaano kalalim [they do not know how deep this goes]," he said.

Duterte mentioned what he called a suggestion from the EU: "Tapos may stupid suggestion ang EU gusto kong sampalin ang mga p**** i** nila eh. Na magtayo ako ng mga clinics all over the country, ako ang mag-supply ng shabu, hindi ko na kailangan patayin, suplayan ko ng cocaine, suplayan ko ng… Pareho sa kanila. Look at Holland, they experimented with it, so what happened? It became the hotbed ang ISIS na sa Europe nandoon. Doon nag-congregrate."

[Translation: The EU gave a stupid suggestion, I want to slap the sons of b******. That I should build clinics all over the country, I should supply shabu, I shouldn't kill them (drug addicts), supply them with cocaine...just like them. Look at Holland, they experimented with it, so what happened? It became the hotbed of ISIS in Europe. They congregated there.]

Duterte said foreigners should not impose their values upon Filipinos, adding there was no consensus that UN members should adopt a similar policy.

Duterte made a similar statement when he spoke at a meeting with the Filipino community in Myanmar on March 19

Read: Duterte to EU: Stop meddling in Philippine affairs

"Why won't you mind your own business," he said, referring to the EU.

Duterte also dared critics to show proof of claims that he has millions stashed in the bank.

"Ako 'yung 211 million? Maghanap sila. May naiwan pa sila diyan mga bata nila Central Bank. 'Pag may kalahati ako niyan, p***** i** bababa ako pagka-Presidente. I assure you, you have that commitment. 'Pag may anak ako na na-involve sa corruption, i-publish ninyo kaagad and tomorrow you will have my resignation," he said.

[Translation: The 211 million? I want them to look for it. They still have allies left in the Central Bank. I have even half of that, I will step down as Presidemt. I assure you, you have that commitment. If any of my children become involved in corruption, publish it immediately and tomorrow you will have my resignation.]

EU: No suggestion of the sort

The EU denies such a suggestion to treat addiction.

In a statement released on March 27, the EU offered this clarification: " At no time has the EU Delegation suggested, discussed, proposed or considered the use of any substitution drugs when treating addiction to methamphetamine (shabu), or any other drug addiction in the Philippines."

It added it was working with the Department of Health and others to develop plans for "model pilot Recovery Clinics and Recovery Homes."

The EU said these facilities will be fully voluntary and "will serve as a step-up level of care for patients who require additional support to community support measures."