Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday defended his strong stand on the fight against drugs and stresses that he will not bow down to any world leader. Duterte stresses that the fight on drugs will continue until the last drug pusher is off the streets.
Duterte left to attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which will take place in Vientiane, Laos. But before he left, Duterte insisted he is no lapdog of the US and warns US President Barack Obama not to question him on the alleged extrajudicial killings happening in the Philippines.
“The Philippines is not a vassal state. We long stop on being a colony of the United States. There are many columnists out there and look at Obama and the United States as if they are the lapdogs of this country. I do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines, I do not care about him (Obama). Who is he?” a feisty Duterte tells the media through RTVM.
He narrated that it was the Americans who have started the arms struggle with the Moro people of Mindanao, the country’s Southern province. Duterte noted that when the Americans left the Philippines, they left a wound that never healed.
“Until now we have not yet received any apology from them. That is the reason Mindanao continues to boil. The wounds created by the long-standing arm struggle against the Moro people handed down from generation to generation. As a matter of fact, we inherited this problem from the United States. Why? Because they invaded this country and made us their subjugated people,” Duterte added.
In closing, Duterte stated that the fight against drugs will continue until his administration has gotten rid of all drug pushers off the streets and has made the country safe again.
Duterte and Obama will meet in the ASEAN summit to hold bilateral talks. Rappler.com reported that the US State Department noted that President Obama will not discuss anything that would trigger a nasty conversation with the two leaders.
The United States together with other world leaders have grown concern to the rising number of alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Duterte also got their attention when he called US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg “gay.”
As of the latest count, more than 2,000 people suspected drug pushers killed as a result of the intensified drug raids. Authorities defended that those killed resisted arrest and resulted in arm confrontation with the Police. World organizations such as the United Nations and the United States have called for the end of alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines related to the war on drugs.
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