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Duterte: I thought drug problem will be solved in 6 months just like in Davao

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday (Feb. 2) admitted that his promise of solving the country’s drug problem was based on the belief that he could apprehend drug pushers and users as easily as he did when he was mayor of Davao City.

Speaking in Davao City, Duterte said he will “kill more, if only to get rid of drugs.”

Recalling his campaign promise to rid the country of illegal drugs within the first six months of his term, the President said: “I thought that I would finish it within six months. But my standard then was Davao City.”

Duterte said he only became aware of the gravity of the country’s drug problem once he had access to pertinent information as President.

The President recently said the war against illegal drugs will continue until the end of his term.

In his speech, Duterte also blasted the United States and the European Union anew for criticizing his campaign against narcotics, saying he cannot be held liable for threatening criminals.

“Yung mga EU, bright. Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard. Bugok kayong lahat sa totoo lang. What a waste of money investing in you goddamn…,” he said.