MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday accused the European Union (EU) of suggesting to him that the Philippines build illegal drugs stations to solve the country’s drug problem.
Duterte and EU officials have been at odds over how to tackle the country’s drug problem.
While Duterte pursues a brutal crackdown on drug pushers and users, the EU and human rights organizations have been urging him to treat the country’s drug problem as a public health issue.
However, on at least two occasions already, Duterte has accused the EU of suggesting that his government instead build illegal drug stations in the country.
“Ang EU, they communicated to us and they want a health-based solution for the drugs. Alam mo ang mga p****** i**, they want us to build clinics, then we should, instead of arresting or putting them in prison, pareho doon sa ibang countries, you go there and if you want shabu they will inject you or give you shabu. Then you go out,” Duterte said.
(The EU, they communicated to us and they want a health-based solution for the drugs. These sons of bitches, they want us to build clinics, then we should, instead of arresting or putting them in prison, just like in other countries, you go there and if you want shabu they will inject you or give you shabu. Then you go out.)
“If you want marijuana, there is a place there, government-sponsored. [It’s an] idiotic exercise. Then if you want cocaine, they will give you cocaine. If you want heroin they will give you heroin. People will go there and consume every chemical until kingdom come, until they are crazy like the 4 million contaminated.”
Duterte has been critical of the US and other Western nations which have slammed his war on drugs. Over 8,000 deaths have been linked to his anti-drug campaign, including those killed by suspected vigilantes.
The Philippines is at risk of losing trade incentives from the EU as well as multi-million dollar grants from the US due to alleged violations of human rights in the war on drugs.
The EU is currently reviewing whether the Philippines can still qualify for trade incentives that are pre-conditioned on compliance with international agreements, including those on human rights.