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Duterte Asks Catholic Church To Reform Drug Addicts, Instead Of Criticizing The Government

Duterte Asks Catholic Church To Reform Drug Addicts, Instead Of Criticizing The Government

| On 23, Sep 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday that members of the Catholic church should go out and refine the drug addicts instead of criticizing him and his anti-drugs campaign.

“These priests, they easily condemn (the government’s anti-drug war),” Duterte said during a Malacañang-sponsored dinner for the members of the media.

“You go to these people (drug suspects) and tell them to stop already. You have the money to do that. That’s your job (also),” Duterte added noting that they should advise those addicts that they will be in a difficult situation if they continue.

Duterte also said that these members of the church should also focus on the local government officials such as the barangay captains explaining that these officials are not in the front of his campaign because “40 percent of them are involved in drugs.”

“We are now a narco-state. You ask why I did not tap the barangay captains (village chiefs)? I cannot trust the idiots anymore. Forty percent of the barangay captains are into illegal drugs,” said Duterte.

Duterte then explained that this is the reason why he was forced to use military forces. He also insisted that his order is to dismantle each and every drug factory and go after every drug suspects. He cleared that he didn’t include in his instructions to kill them unless they put up a violent fight.

“You can ask the military or the police in Manila if I ordered them to (kill drug suspects). If anyone of them stand up and say I ordered them to kill the poor and the children, I would resign because that would make me a liar, that’s the truth,” said Duterte.

Duterte also noted that his anti-drug campaign is not focused on the poor.

“I am here to enforce the law. There is nothing there that says except the criminal has no income or is very poor, he is exempted (from liability),” Duterte said.

Duterte also pinpointed that Republic Act 9344 of Kiko Pangilinan noting that drug pushers are using these children in their business and since they are protected by the law, the government is being limited. He said he agrees in amending the law.

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