Duterte says drug war not a crime against humanity

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday reiterated that his administration’s war against illegal drugs is not a “crime against humanity” as his critics suggest.

“Crime against humanity? Kailan pa naging humanity itong ***** mga drugs na ito?,” said Duterte in his weekly address as he brought up the drug war anew.

[Translation: Crime against humanity? When did this ***** drugs become good for humanity?]

“There are 1.6 million destroyed lives. Who's going to answer for it? Kayo? (You?) Do you have the program, money to contribute to the rehabilitation of these poor people?” he added.

Citing data from the Dangerous Drugs Board, Duterte said that there are more than a million Filipinos, aged 10 to 69 years old, who are using illegal drugs.

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With this, he said that parents have a “shared responsibility” on their children’s use of drugs.

“Check on your children always. Supervise your children. Dyan ninyo pangangalagaan ang kapakanan ng inyong mga anak (That’s where you should take care of you children’s welfare),” said Duterte.

Furthermore, Duterte also reiterated that he takes full responsibility to the deaths linked to the anti-illegal drug operations.

“Kung may patayan diyan (If there are killings out there), sabi ko, you can hold me responsible for anything, for any death that has occurred in the execution of the drug war,” he said. “Pero wag niyo akong bintangan sa patayan na hindi mo alam kung sino ang pumatay (But don’t accuse me for those killings wherein you don’t know who did it).”

An international rights group said in its report last September that the number of drug-war deaths has worsened during the lockdown brought by the pandemic.

Despite fresh calls from the international community, the government said that there is no need for the United Nations to look into the killings and other human rights violations in the country.