Duterte on drug war deadline: ‘Maybe it’s hubris, it was campaign time’

By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he was wrong about promising to end the country’s drug problem in three to six months.

During a speech delivered in Cordova, Cebu, Duterte said he was unaware that police generals were involved in the illegal drugs trade.

“Sinasabi ko I can clean it in six months. Then after that, I realized na nagkamali talaga ako. Maybe it’s hubris, it was campaign time, payabangan naman ‘yang kampanya,” the President said.

“Pagdating ko sa Maynila, dala-dala ko ‘yung chief of police ko, iyang si [Sen.] Bato [dela Rosa] , anak ka ng… iyong binuksan na ‘yung records, paano ako maka…? Six generals of the PNP were playing with drugs,” he added.

Earlier, Duterte, who is facing charges for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court allegedly committed in the conduct of the anti-drugs campaign warned of a possible resurgence of illegal drugs after his presidency.

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