Duterte warns U.S. State Dept. after criticizing his drug war

By Daniela Lorraine Brutas


President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday warned the United States Department of State to be careful on making actions related to his war on drugs.

This comes after 11 Democrat senators wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, dated July 26, to condemn the alleged “continuing pattern of human rights violations” under the Duterte administration.

"Itong State Department. Be careful, be careful of what you are planning on doing there because you, yourself, your country— hindi lang was, is—is guilty of so many violations of human rights," Duterte said

The letter cited the “inhumane” war on drugs as well as the supposed attacks against the opposition, press, and activists, urging the administration of President Joe Biden to address the alleged human rights abuses.

"Palagay na natin na totoo 'yan sinabi ng human rights, p— ina sinong nakinabang diyan? Ako? Ako ang nakinabang? Pamilya ko? Nakinabang sila diyan sa p— inang diyan sa mga patay na 'yan?" the president claimed against human rights activists opposing his administration's war on drugs campaign.

"Sino nakinabang? Kayo! Ang anak ninyo! Ang bayan natin ang nakinabang!" Duterte added.

He further recalled that he even put his and his family's lives at risk for the sake of the public.

"Sinong nalagay sa alanganin? Ako, ang pamilya ko, 'yong buhay nila. Gaganti 'yang mga yawa na 'yan," the president stressed.

Moreover, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that the Palace is leaving it to U.S. President Joe Biden to decide how to respond to such a call for action.

"Amerikano po 'yan. In the same way na ayaw nating may maghihimasok sa gawain ng Kongreso ng Pilipinas, hindi po namin sila paghihimasukan," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a televised briefing on Monday.