Philippine President: I will not apologize for the murders because of the war on drugs

06:54 AM

Wednesday 05 January 2022

Manila- (DPA):

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will never apologize for the deaths of thousands of suspected drug users and traffickers as part of his government’s crackdown on illegal drugs.

At least 6,221 people died in anti-drug operations between July 2016 and November 30, 2021, according to government data.

Rights groups have warned that the actual death toll may be more than three times the official number, which does not include killings of drug suspects blamed on alleged security guards.

“I will never apologize for the death of these bastards… Kill me… Jail me, but I will never apologize,” Duterte said in a televised address on Tuesday evening.

Duterte added that he was ready to stand trial in a Philippine court but would not recognize the International Criminal Court, as he and other government officials have been sued over the “war on drugs” campaign.

The Philippine president said, “Let’s go to trial, but I’m a Filipino… If I go to prison, I’ll go to (national prison).” If someone is going to try me, it should be a Filipino judge because I am a Filipino.”

“If there is a prosecutor who will try me, let him come from here because I am a Filipino,” he added.

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