MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs will not stop, even with the threat of economic sanctions, his trade minister said Wednesday.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said there was no evidence to show that extra-judicial killings that have alarmed some international organizations were state-sanctioned.
Lopez said the New York Times’ call for trade sanctions against the Philippines in an editorial this week was “baseless and unfair.”
“We will continue with that. Hindi tayo magbabago ng ating kampanya dahil lamang sa ganung pananakot,” Lopez told DZMM.
(We will not change our campaign because of such threats.)
Lopez said the international community should instead help the Philippines grow its exports, which would help Duterte create more jobs.
The trade chief noted the “successes” of Duterte’s campaign, wherein people fell “much safer” according to a Pulse Asia poll and more than one million drug suspects surrendered.