WATCH: Palace reacts to video of men taunting Duterte while smoking weed

WATCH: Palace reacts to video of men taunting Duterte while smoking weed
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace is clueless of the viral video of group of male who are seen smoking weed.
Presidential Photo / Joey Dalumpines, File

MANILA, Philippines— Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday reacted to the viral video of young men who are taunting President Rodrigo Duterte and his drug war while smoking weed.

Roque said the Palace is not aware of the video yet and so it refused to comment.

The presidential spokesman, however, said these minors are not allowed to take drugs.

“They're minors,” Roque said.

“They're never allowed to do that. If we can find out where they are then they will be put in proper custody of individuals who will provide them necessary services,” he added.

Early Tuesday, a video showing a group of young men smoking weed or marijuana circulated online.

In the video, the young men are asking Duterte to legalize the usage of weed.

"Duterte, i-legal mo na ang weed. ‘Di naman kami gumagawa ng masama e. Sumasaya lang kami, (Duterte, legalize weed usage. We are not doing anything wrong. It’s just making us happy,)” one of the boys in the video said.

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said he would inform the president of the video. He also scolded them and asked them to eat the marijuana.

"Yung mga bata jan, minura nyo pa ang ating Pangulo. Huwag kayong mag-alala, ipaparating ko sa ating Pangulo at irerekomenda sa kanya (These kids, you even cursed the president. Do not worry, I will inform the president of this and will recommended it to him ),” Go said in a statement.

“Ngunit, sigurado ako ipapakain sa inyo yung marijuana. Hindi nyo pwedeng hithitan yan, kainin nyo yan. Kung gusto nyo hithitin, dun nyo hithitin sa impyerno (But I am sure that he will ask you to eat the marijuana. You can’t smoke them, eat them. If you want to smoke, smoke them in hell,)” he added.

According to a news report, six of the seven men who appeared in the video surrendered to Malabon City police on Tuesday. They also apologized to the president.

The report clarified that the video was supposedly taken in 2016 when the president launched his campaign against illegal drugs.  They were then aged 18 and only one of them aged 16. —Rosette Adel

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