PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte stood pat on his claim that the drug situation in the country is far better under his stint.
This he declared in his most recent national address as an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor claims there is reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder was committed by the administration.
Duterte also invited human rights groups to “take a deeper look” into the drug situation in the Philippines.
“You would notice that there are really persons who die almost daily because ‘yan, ito, lumaban talaga. At hindi kasali ang pulis ko na may tama at namatay rin,” Duterte said in reference to government data coming from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año.
The data, Duterte said, saw 11 people killed during police operations against illegal drugs from June 6 to 13. Some P1.2 billion worth of illegal drugs were also confiscated.
“Kita mo namang negosyo na ‘yan. Nakikita na ninyo ang negosyo kaya kung ayaw ninyong tumulong, ‘wag na kayo mag-sige takot diyan, takutin niyo ang pulis na sige demanda, demanda, opening of records,” the President told human rights groups who have been pressing the government to open the documents covering police drug operations covering the Duterte administration.
“Hindi nga puwedeng i-open ‘yan eh. ‘Pag in-open niyo baka makita niyo pangalan niyo. Kayo pala nagbibigay ng mga impormasyon sa mga pulis. That’s why we cannot show it to you. You might find your name there,” he added.
Duterte also claimed that nothing happened when he was investigated by the Human Rights Commission – “Itong nauso ‘tong human rights investigation, pati ako naimbestiga ako ng Human Rights Commission… walang nangyari, walang rekomendasyon. Noong sa Senado, sa Congress, naimbestiga ako, wala ring nangyari kasi wala kayong naituro na mali.“
An obviously unthreatened Duterte also renewed his threat to kill people involved in the illegal drug trade.
“Do not destroy my country, I will kill you… Do not destroy the youth of the land. Sirain mo buhay nila, sirain kita. Ganoon ‘yan. I will kill you para tapos na ang problema,” he said.
On Monday, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested authorization to open an investigation into Duterte’s war on drugs, saying there is a “reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder was committed from at least 1 July 2016 to 16 March 2019.”
Bensouda said the Philippines has been under a preliminary investigation since the 8th of February 2018 and that her office has been working on publicly available information as well as information provided under article 15 of the Rome Statute of the ICC.