MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday lashed out again at human rights groups and countries who have criticized his violent anti-narcotics war, saying the drug problem in the Philippines will only end if "all criminals are dead."
"Look at the other countries. They continue to keep a blind eye to the reality of the virulence of drug addiction. Negosyo (iyan). 'Pag di mo patayin 'yan, hindi talaga hihinto 'yan (It's a business. If you don't kill them, they will not stop)," Duterte said during an inauguration ceremony at Sangley Point, Cavite City.
" 'Pag di mo talaga (patayin) itong mga hardcore na criminals . . . hindi 'yan basta-basta makikinig. Hindi talaga hihinto 'yan. Hihinto lang 'yan pag patay na."
(They won't just listen to authorities. They won't really stop. They will only stop if they're dead.)
The President also took a swipe at human rights advocates for supposedly taking a soft stance on drug personalities.
"[Sabihin lang] ng drug lord, 'F**k you,'" he said.
(Drug lords will only say, 'F**k you'.)
Duterte is known for condoning violence against drug personalities and criminals, ever since his term as mayor in Davao City.
Nationwide, thousands of drug personalities have been killed in anti-narcotics operations since Duterte became president in June 2016.
Human rights advocates, local and international, have called on the government to stop the bloody operations.
In 2019, the UN human rights body approved a resolution seeking a comprehensive report on Manila’s human rights situation, including extrajudicial killings under Duterte’s drug war.