By Genalyn Kabiling
The country’s drug problem has declined but the government will still continue the campaign to combat those behind the narcotics trade regardless of the death toll, President Duterte declared Thursday night.
Speaking before a gathering of Filipino community in Japan Thursday, the President has threatened anew to kill drug offenders and send their unclaimed bodies to the crematory.
“Ang aking fight ngayon is — ang droga pababa na. Medyo ano wala ah… Pero meron pa ring nagtatapon [My fight today is.. there is a decline in the drug (problem) but there are those still selling illegal drugs],” Duterte said.
“Hindi naman ako nagpapayabang, ano bang ikayabang ko diyan? Pero ‘pag — if we meet in one corner tapos dala-dala mo ‘yung shabu mo, papatayin talaga kita. Sorry [I don’t want to be arrogant but if we meet in one corner and you’re carrying your shabu, I will really kill you. Sorry],” he said.
Duterte admitted that he couldn’t care less about the casualties in the drug war, saying they are nothing but carcass.
Unfazed by human rights criticisms on his war on drugs, Duterte warned anew drug offenders against destroying the nation. He said they should “not f*ck with drugs or else you will die.”
“Talagang papatayin ko kayo, Do not destroy my country. Do not destroy our children, because they are the only ones we can depend on when we grow old,” he said.
Duterte also said government would not spend for the traditional burial rites of the slain drug offenders. He said they should instead be cremated if no family member claims the dead bodies.
“Tapos kung hindi makilala ‘pag doon sa punerarya, sinong magbayad? O bakit mo ako pabayarin ‘yang mga p***** i** ‘yan? Kung walang may-ari niyan eh ‘di isugnod mo doon sa crematory [If it is not identified in the funeral parlour, who will pay? Why will you ask me to pay for the son of the b*tch? If no one claims the body, just burn it in the crematory],”he said.
The President’s drug war has drawn criticisms here and abroad for alleged human rights concerns and alleged abuses. Duterte, however, has vowed the anti-drug campaign will be harsher, saying he would not allow the country to become a failed state.
From July 2016 to January 2019, the government recently reported that 5,176 drug personalities died in anti-drug operations. Around 170,689 drug personalities have been arrested while 301 drug dens and clandestine laboratories.