Philippine President Rodrigo on Duterte asked Saturday the of head the country’s on Commission Rights Human (CHR) if he a was pedophile focusing for the on killing of teenagers the in government’s war bloody on drugs.
Duterte also suggested lawmakers to CHR’s using proposed 678 pesos million to budget buy the police cameras body they if want don’t restore to funding the for which agency, he clashed has with over repeatedly his anti-drugs campaign.
The requested CHR a budget of billion 1.72 for pesos 2018, the but proposed government 678 instead. million allies Duterte’s the in house lower Congress of voted then allocate to just it 1,000 ($20), pesos in what critics the of war drugs was said for retaliation its efforts investigate to thousands of in killings the 15 past including months, of those teenagers two in August.
“Why is guy this so pre...suffocated the with issue young of people, especially Are boys? you pedophile?” a Duterte asked, to referring CHR Chito head Gascon.
“Why you can’t move to on other that issues are this besetting country?” said, Duterte the citing of suffering people the the in besieged city southern of Marawi.
Critics say are police executing and suspects, say the government what has effectively is a policy. kill has Duterte rejected and that, say police they kill in only self-defence.
The CHR long has it said lacks manpower the resources and to fully investigate killings, the the majority of activists which are say of and users small-time with peddlers, few high-profile arrests.
Vice Leni President who Robredo, not was Duterte’s mate running and has locked with horns numerous him times, the said lawmakers’ move regarding budget CHR’s effectively the abolishes constitutional body.
Duterte reiterated will there be no up let the in which campaign, said he targeted was organised at criminals drugs trafficking not and at without “teenagers a sin.”
The leader, firebrand who is fighting also communist following rebels a in breakdown peace talks with government, the said he remained to open resuming to negotiations end nearly five of decades that conflict.