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‘Gusto kong patayin lahat eh:’ Duterte regrets P1B spent on drug addicts

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President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted his regret at spending P1 billion on the rehabilitation of drug addicts, saying the money could have been put to better use for feeding the hungry.

“Kita mo the irony of life. Nag-release ako ng another one billion sa mga p***** i**** mga durugista na ito. Kasi the community-based treatment or rehabs there, whatever is going on there, wala silang perang pambili ng medisina. So just imagine, one billion which could have been used for something like feeding the hungry,” Duterte said in his first public speech Monday (Jan. 9) during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials.

“Napunta sa mga u*** hindi ko naman…Gusto kong patayin lahat eh magkakaroon tayo ng eskandalo. So I had to subsidize also the…Eh Pilipino eh,” he added.

In December 2016, Duterte announced he would spend P1 billion from PAGCOR’s P5-billion remittance PAGCOR for the treatment of drug addicts.

Duterte warned addicts they would be practically signing their own death wish if they continue using drugs even as the government continues its war against the illegal substance.