BEIJING, Oct 20 (Mabuhay) – President Rodrigo Duterte said the idea of implementing the “dead or alive” reward system was from the Americans.
During a meeting with the Filipino community at a hotel on Wangfujing Street in China’s capital, Duterte once again lashed out at the critics of his war on drugs and his manner of speaking, which they believe incite violence and encourage extrajudicial killings.
The President defended the law enforcement procedures implemented amid his war on drugs, which resulted in deaths of over 1,000 drug suspects.
He said the police know the rules of engagement.
But he underscored that some of the law enforcement practices were taken from western influences.
“Iyang reward, dead or alive. It is not even ours. It is not a language of the Filipinos. Sinong nagturo niyan? The Americans? Where? Iyong mga cowboy nila. Billy the Kid, dead or alive, oh 50 dollars,” Duterte claimed as he criticized the United States once again.
“Ang problema nitong Amerikano, kung sila ang gumamit niyan, persons of interest which are actually you are being hunted and if you offer a resistance just like the bomber, they will kill you. And when we use it because we’re not Americans and they want us to be more inferior than them, they will hunt for you and threaten you with an international court, criminal court, justice,” the President said.
What came next were tirades against American and an explanation that there would never be a let up on his war against drugs.
“When was it wrong to say ‘Do not do it to my country because I will kill you, do not harm the next generation,’” Duterte said. (MNS)