AI reported last week that the Philippine National Police (PNP) acted on instructions “from the very top of government” and have executed thousands of suspected drug offenders. According to the group, the policemen also paid others to finish off drug suspects. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

‘Amnesty lnternational naive and stupid’
Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - February 6, 2017 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines -  President Duterte described Amnesty International (AI) as “naive and stupid” and challenged the group to find out the truth about the drug menace and the spate of killings in the Philippines.

AI reported last week that the Philippine National Police (PNP) acted on instructions “from the very top of government” and have executed thousands of suspected drug offenders. According to the group, the policemen also paid others to finish off drug suspects.

AI also reported that the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign systematically targeted poor people and encouraged policemen to break laws while profiting from the death of poor people.

Duterte denied the allegations and assailed the AI for coming up with an “unverified report.”

“This Amnesty (International is) so naive and so stupid. Why would we kill people? Ano itong gobyernong ito tagapatay na parang aso (Do they think this government kills people like dogs)? There has to be a reason. Find out the reason and find out the truth,” Duterte said during a visit to his parents’ graves in Davao City Saturday night.

“You (did not see the) need to ask the government. You just go ahead and publish anything you want and it’s easy to condemn because people judge best when they condemn,” he added.

Duterte explained that some policemen were given money so they can catch the drug pushers in the act of selling narcotics.

“I gave them P150 million for this year. Do you know why? They are out to arrest drug traffickers. If they do not have money, whoever you arrest, there can be no buy and sell of drugs so it’s not trafficking. Maybe possession (of illegal drugs) if you conduct arrest,” he said.

“They go out to buy then arrest them because that is really trafficking, buy and sell of drugs. Kung walang pera yan, ano bibili nila? Bayag nila? (If they don’t have money, what would they use to buy drugs? Their balls)?”

But Duterte admitted that some rogue policemen may have killed the drug pushers, pocketed the money and sold the narcotics.

“It is now up to Bato (PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa) to make an accounting of where the money went, was it spent? And what was the scheme?” he said.

Duterte also denied that the policemen were given additional incentives to kill drug pushers. “Why would I pay you for doing your job?”

The President again took a potshot at Sen. Leila de Lima, a vocal critic of his bloody anti-narcotics campaign whom he accused of receiving millions from drug lords.

“Is that the only thing you (De Lima) can produce? The report of Amnesty?” Duterte said.

“You must remember, Amnesty International is a creation of (George) Soros,” he added, referring to the Hungarian-American billionaire whom the President has accused of funding a group that criticized his drug crackdown and even reportedly sought his ouster.

Asked how he would react if the Senate decides to look into the AI report, Duterte replied: Hayaan nila. Hanapin nila ang totoo (Let them do it. They should find the truth).”

The President hinted though that more people would die because of his campaign against illegal drugs.

“I have been trying to figure out a way of explaining it. Ngayong nandito na tayo sa cemetery, tutal lugar na ito ng mga patay, marami pang pupunta dito (Since we are here in a cemetery, a place for the dead, many more will come here),” he said, adding an expletive.

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