Duterte to human rights groups: Walang drug lord namatay? Si Parojinog, Espinosa, ano tawag n’yo?
President Rodrigo Duterte is disputing a claim by human rights groups that his brutal drug war has focused mostly on poor, street level drug runner rather than big-time drug lords.
When they write the figures — I am not after for fame — but when they write history, do it correctly because sa panahon ko talaga kung hindi ko ma-control, tatapusin talaga kita. And f you’re a drug lord, patay ka talaga.
“Huwag na tayong, ‘walang drug lord namatay’. Anong tingin mo kay (Ozamiz Mayor Rolando) Parojinog? Anong tingin mo kay Espinosa ng Leyte? Hindi — hindi… Ano ba tingin mo sa mayor?
Parojinog, his wife and 13 others were killed in hise home in a drug raid in July 2017 by members of the Regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
Espinosa, then mayor of Albuera, Leyte, was killed in November 2016 inside a jail by the CIDG.
Duterte said that even before he became president, the Philippines was moving towards becoming a narco-political state.
“Hindi nga nagtagal. Eleven thousand barangay captains already in government and mayors,” said Duterte.
Amnesty International has released damning report on Duterte’s extrajudicial killings in 2017 in which it claimed that “if you are poor, your are killed” in the drug war.
But Duterte continued to dismiss the human rights criticisms.”Huwag mong isipin ‘yang human rights. Hindi makatulong ‘yan. Human rights will not be there forever. But government and the Filipino people will last — will be here until kingdom come,” he said.
“Yun ang hindi ko maintindihan sa ating society ngayon. It’s fashionable, it’s the vogue or vogue if you want to pronounce it that way. It’s the fad to be on the other side against the establishment,” added Duterte.