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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte on Tuesday said that he would stand by the data provided by the Philippine National Police (PNP) on the government’s drug war rather than listen to the ranting of human rights groups whose own anti-drugs war data he called “a lie.”

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the newly appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on August 5, 2019. (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (KING RODRIGUEZ / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We go by the official records of our agency. I am bound by the police report. Hindi man ako makahingi ng ibang police report (I can’t ask for reports elsewhere),” the President said.

“The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces would tell me ito ang nangyari sa araw na ‘to (what happened this day) regarding law and order, peace and order. Kaya nagtataka ako saan ninyo kinukuha ‘yan. Kung ‘yung ibang patay ‘yan, wala kaming pakialam. Kung patayan diyan sa away o sa — huwag ninyo kaming isali (That’s why I’m wondering where do you get your data. Because if the death is caused by something else, I couldn’t care less),” he added.

Duterte also said that the police have a record of the people who were arrested, killed, or who surrendered in his drug war.

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“‘Yung sa pulis recorded ‘yan. Kung lumaban, patay; ito arestado, nandiyan. So kayong mga (The police has a record of those who fought back and died, and those who are arrested. So) human rights, where are you? Where do you get your figures and your facts because you are imposing a lie on us,” he said.

“Kaya sabi ko mag-aaway talaga tayo ‘pag magkaharap tayo (That’s why I said we will really fight when we meet) because I will make you account for something, you are accusing me of killing people,” he added.

The President also rejected the label “human rights violator” supposedly given to him by American legislators.

“I was invited by Trump. Tapos isang congressman, isang senador, nagtindig doon na (Then a congressman, a senator, said), ‘He is not welcome here. He is a violator of human rights.’ Sabi ko, ‘Bakit ako pupunta doon sa inyo (So I said, ‘Why would I go there)?’” he said.

“Alam mo sa totoo lang, kaya ko gusto ko kayong makausap eh. ‘Yang 8888, PTV-4, araw-araw ‘yan ‘yung briefer ko, pareho kay — kay ma’am. Every night meron kaming ano, kung ano ang nangyari sa Pilipinas. Buong bayan ‘yan, ano ang krimen nangyari (That’s why I want to talk to you. I have a daily briefer which informs mo of what happened in the country),” he added.

The President reiterated his warning to drug syndicates to not even think of doing business in the country because they will surely be dealt with.

“‘Yung mga big time, lalo na mga [Sinaloa], itong Triad, ah wala. Sabihin ko sa inyo ‘pag ‘yan ang nahuli ko nagdala ng isang barko, isang launcher, talagang papatayin ko ‘yan (If I see those big time drug syndicates like the Sinaloa and the Triad bring in a ship, I will really kill them),” Duterte warned.

“If you destroy my country, I’ll have to kill you. Mahirap eh. Alam mo ganito ‘yan. Itong Pilipino na ito, ‘pag na-contaminate ‘yang yawa na ‘yan (If drugs contaminate a family), the entire family will collapse,” he added.

Based on the government’s #RealNumbersPH program, a total of 5,526 drug personalities died in anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019 while 193,086 were arrested during the same period.