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Duterte bothered by ‘fake news’ on drug war, extrajudicial killings


By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte said he has been “demonized” by “fake news” about the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to his war on illegal drugs.

The President accused his political opponents of spreading such false information about the suspected drug-related killings, insisting he has never ordered any policeman to kill people.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program in Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017. (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program in Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017.

“I have been demonized. And well, of course, I will assure you upon my oath as a lawyer and before God that some are true, some are not. And the extrajudicial tag that has been placed on me is simply not true,” Duterte said during a gathering of ASEAN Law Association Governing Council in Malacañang.

“According to the bright guys of this country, the political opposition, the guys who cannot accept defeat, they invented the fake news and concocted figures,” he added.

Duterte explained that he merely authorized policemen to shoot drug suspects if they violently resist arrest. “I do not deny that there were people killed in that campaign. But what they say is, why are they here? Because a shabu user or a lieutenant of the shabu syndicate has always a gun,” he said.

Duterte said he did not order the cops to murder people who willingly surrender to authorities.

“I did not tell any policeman, for the life of me, to kill just everybody perhaps sitting down or kneeling in front of the police with his hands outstretched in surrender. That is really murder,” he said.

“I have always stressed that the only time that you can kill a criminal is when your life is also in danger, or you’re about — self-preservation,” he said.

The President challenged his critics to file a case against him before the international criminal court, saying there was “no problem” about it.

Duterte defended that he is merely enforcing the law amid the intensified campaign against illegal drugs. He however, saw nothing wrong with his oft-repeated threat to kill those who would destroy the nation through the illegal drug trade.


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  • Meltdown

    Where in the hell DuDirty got his notion that someone is creating a fake news about his drug war and extra-judicial killing? Entire Filipinos and international communities including UN are aware how he has killed those innocent people without due process of law. DuDirty can’t deny his public disclosure offering huge bounty to all law enforcers in the country who kills drug users and petty pushers. DuDirty can’t deny how he allow the freedom of high ranking drug dealers in the country like Peter Lim and his son Paolo. DuDirty seems following the political strategy and style of Trump, denial and lies.

    • Hik_Hik

      DRUG LORDS sympathizers… hurt with dutae.. go go dutae…you are right..

      • Meltdown

        Another clueless and ignoramus supporter.

      • Meltdown

        Oo nga, pareho tayong supporter and sypathizers ni Paolo DuDirty and anak ng supremo DuDirty na P6.8 Billion illegal drugs na tangkang ipuslit sa Burea Of Custom.

        • Hik_Hik

          kahit sino pa tamaan ng drug war wala ako paki… gusto ko nga lagyan ng lason lahat na makumpiskang shabu… at nang mahinto na ang shabung yan…

    • ItosiErmino


      • Meltdown

        Another ignoramus.

        • ItosiErmino

          weh weh weeeh.

    • Juan Dela Cruz

      Ang TANGA mo, hindi ka makaintindi. Sigurado akong YELLOWTARD loser ka

      • Manny Santos

        paniwalang paniwala naman ang tangang , Dutard troll na ito sa lahat ng sinassabi ng poon niya..lahat naman ngaun mga fake news ang lumalabas sa malacanang..utuin mo pa mga sambayanan.

        fake na nga ang nilabas na bank account kay Trillanes nahuli ng na corner na siya….nakakahiya

      • Kultong Dutertards

        99.9% of all Pinóys wanna see YOUR Digóng Ulupong slash his throat on national TV & sócial médiá….. then slowly blééd to déáth ????

  • kapuh

    Demonized? You must be high on Fentanyl again. Where have you been?
    You employed people like Mocha, Nieto, Andanar, Cayetano, Aguirre — their expertise is alternative facts and Fake News…
    Duterte has surrounded himself with all the fabricators of fake news and now he has completely believed in them as truth that what is truthful and factual has become fake news.

  • Manny Santos

    same na naman sasabiin sa kundi mga killing, EJK, walang alam kung ano nangyayari na sa economiya ng bansa

  • Taga-ilog

    Watch this on YouTube. “Huntington: Heroin-ravaged city fighting back – BBC Stories”.

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    I bet he’s not bothered by the fake comments in the MB by his supporters.

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      we need government agencies that will be able to deliver for the government funds needed for projects that will improve the lives of the people. pagcor has the funds however they are operating outside of their legal function and we are not sure if all their earnings are being returned to the government.,,

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      pagcor officials should be investigate. their lifestyle should be checked and if found that they are involved in corruption they should be replaced immediately. our president does not approve of corruption and they should follow the example of the president.

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      we should not give pagcor a chance in continuing their greedy acts and corrupt practices. we should continue our vigilance over the acts of pagcor in hiding and justifying their corruption. we should pressure pagcor to always be transparent and clear in all their activities,,

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    pagcor is manipulating whatever it can to justify its greed and its non legal acts. pagcor is trying to involve other government agencies like the osg in hiding what it can most specially its greed and money making activity. we should pressure pagcor in removing graft and corruption in its ranks

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