MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lashed out anew at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and other human rights advocates, reiterating that he did not order law enforcers to kill innocent people. Speaking to policemen at Camp Vicente Alagar in Cagayan de Oro City, Duterte said he has always been clear with his order to kill only those drug personalities who resist arrest.
Duterte also said that the proliferation of illegal drugs should be the main issue, and not his statements. "There is no law at all, mind you, human rights commission. Tarantado pala kayo. There is no law. There has to be a law. Do not keep on complaining about my mouth because my mouth is not the problem. It cannot bring down a country, but it can erase a generation of right-thinking Filipinos," he said. Duterte also said his strong statements do not discourage investors and foreign business, adding that he can go to China and Russia instead.
"Ang isyu dito hindi ang bunganga ko. And they are saying, the ratings sa business, sa economy. So be it, lumayas kayo. Then we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me. So what the hell?" he explained. [The issue here is not my mouth. And they are saying, (my statements) may affect financial ratings and the economy. So be it, leave the country. Then we will start on our own. I can go to China, I can go to Russia. I had a talk with them, they are waiting for me. So what the hell?] "That is why I use slur, slang. Why? Nakakawala kayo ng respeto because you don't even investigate," Duterte added.
[That is why I use slur, slang. Why? I have lost my respect for you because you don't even investigate.] Duterte reiterated he has invited the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) to conduct a probe on his war on drugs, amid concerns over the extra-judicial killings that have resulted from it.