Despite criticisms hurled against him, the President said he is determined to fulfill his duty to suppress drugs and crimes within his term.
He lamented that while human rights advocates have counted the bodies of drug criminals, they have ignored the death toll of policemen, soldiers, and innocent victims of the drug war.
“Huwag ninyo ako bullshitin na human rights, human rights….I will not allow the Philippine society to deteriorate under my watch,” the President said in a later speech during a visit in Catbalogan, Samar.
More than 1,000 drug suspects have reportedly been killed either in police shootouts or vigilante killings since the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign started.
The United Nations and the United States were among the groups that have already expressed concern over the alleged extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s watch.
The President, meantime, renewed his commitment to “kill” drug criminals destroying the youth of the nation. “Animal kayo, papatayin ko talaga kayong lahat hintayin ninyo ako,” he said in his Samar speech. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)