PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has branded human rights groups as enemies of the state, accusing them of seeking to destroy the government.
In a speech in Dimasalang town in Masbate on Wednesday, Duterte slammed the silence of rights groups over the brutal rape or killing of children by criminals and drug addicts.
“Ang mga human rights wala akong narinig ni isa. That’s the problem,” (I never heard anything from human rights (groups),” he said.
“Ang human rights ninyo is ‘yung kalaban ang gobyerno. Gusto ninyo sirain talaga ang gobyerno,” (For you, human rights is ‘the government is the enemy.’ You want to destroy the government) he said.
Various human rights groups, including the Commission on Human Rights, have condemned Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, which claimed the lives of nearly 5,000 Filipinos, who are mostly poor.
The President hit back at human rights groups, saying they should also condemn the killing of innocent people by criminals.
“Isali ninyo ‘yung mga inosenteng pinatay ng mga criminal. Mas marami ‘yan,” (Show concern also for innocent people murdered by criminals) he said.
According to Duterte, many Filipinos have become slaves to illegal drugs.
“They are slaves to a drug called shabu. And they need it every day. At the end of the day, they become inutile,” he said.
He reiterated his admission that he was wrong for promising to end the drug menace in the country within the first three to six months in office.
But he was quick to say that his crackdown on illegal drugs would remain unrelenting.
“Pag sinira mo ang bayan ko, wala na tayong pinag-usapan. At hindi ako maghingi ng tawad sa inyo,” (If you destroy my country, that’s the end of it. I will not seek your forgiveness) he said.
He said he would not apologize for his no-nonsense war on drugs.