PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs will continue even with foreign leaders taking a stand against it, most especially US President Barack Obama.
Duterte was reacting to a question posed by a Reuters reporter with regards discussing extra-judicial killings (EJKs) with Obama.
“The Philippines is not a vassal state, we have long ceased to be a colony of the United States. Alam mo, maraming diyang mga columnista they look upon Obama and the US as if we are the lapdogs of this country. I do not respond to anybody but to the people of the Republic of the Philippines. Wala akong pakialam sa kanya. Who is he?” Duterte said.
Duterte added he will heed to no one except the Filipinos whom he is serving.
"Plenty will be killed until the last pusher is out of the streets. Until the (last) drug manufacturer is killed we will continue. I will not report to anybody except the Filipino people," Duterte added.
Before leaving for his first trip abroad as Philippine President, Duterte met with the members of the press at the lounge area of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport Monday afternoon.
The President will attend the 28th and 29th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Laos where he will meet with United States President Barrack Obama whose speaker has earlier commented that the latter is bound to raise concerns on alleged extra judicial killings (EJK).
"We absolutely expect that the president will raise concerns about some of the recent statements from the president of the Philippines," as quoted by Reuters from the White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.
Duterte, when asked on the issue, started to raise his voice and said Obama or other leaders do not have any bearing on his war on drugs which yielded to the death of at least 2,000 since he was inaugurated two months ago.
“Everybody has a terrible record of extra judicial killing. Why make an issue about fighting crime? Ni hindi nga nya maubos-ubos yan sa Mexico border niya, look at the human rights of America along that line, the way they treat the migrants there,” he said. (With CCC)