PH leader: Criminals have no humanity

By: Oscar Omer Almenario
PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said criminals have no humanity.
The President made the statement during an interview in Cebu City in response to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which said drug-related killings may be considered crimes against humanity.
“If you kill criminals, it is not a crime against humanity. The criminals have no humanity,” Duterte said after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.
He likewise said those who were killed in legitimate government operations were the ones who fought back against law enforcers.
However, those killed outside of police operations are not the handiwork of the government.
“Lahat naman sila lumaban. ‘Yung hindi lumaban sa gobyerno, hindi amin ‘yun. Baka pari ang kalaban nila (They all fight. Those who do not fight with the government, they’re not ours. Maybe the priest is their enemy),” Duterte said.
The President reiterated that he would answer for law enforcers who killed drug suspects during legitimate encounters.
“Yung namatay (Those who died) during encounters, of course I answer for them. I hold myself legally responsible. Huwag ninyong idemanda ‘yung pulis pati sundalo kasi inutos ko lang ‘yan sa kanila (Do not charge those cops, including soldiers because that’s my order),” Duterte said.

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