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Rodrigo Duterte interview: Death, drugs and diplomacy

It’s been about 100 days into the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

Since he took power, the Philippine president has overseen the killing of more than 3,500 people in his war on drugs, offended world leaders and strained relations with the US.

In an exclusive first interview since he was sworn in, we talk to Duterte about his controversial war on drugs and foreign policy – including deteriorating relations with the United States and potentially warming relations with China.

“We have three million drug addicts, and it’s growing. So if we do not interdict this problem, the next generation will be having a serious problem … You destroy my country, I’ll kill you. And it’s a legitimate thing. If you destroy our young children, I will kill you. That is a very correct statement. There is nothing wrong in trying to preserve the interest of the next generation.”

But Duterte admits that children and innocent people have also been killed in the bloody crackdown, and promises to investigate these extrajudicial killings, but he also says calls them “collateral damage”.

When asked about the contested South China Sea, Duterte says:

“We will not give up anything there; it’s an entitlement … You can only negotiate to prevent a war … They invited me for talks, and I will go.”

WATCH the second part of the Duterte interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77qewVIdo3c

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28 COMMENTS

  1. People might think that these 2 reporters are idiots but for me. They did a great job because if it wasn't because of their constructive questions for Duterte. People and the Filipinos wouldn't know his thoughts and etc about his country. He's actually good in answering questions. Walang labis at walang kulang 🙌

  2. God bless duterte!! we desperately need him to be president in America…drug dealers and gangs shot down and burned in a dumpster with the rest of the garbage!

  3. PRESIDENT DUTERTE should get re-elected just because of how he is solving the problem regarding drug-dealin' scum. The USA needs a policy like duterte's for drug dealing turds.

  4. Many drug related crime here in the Philippines!
    (Filipino are known To be 2nd country who consumed liquor – we abused substance-SHABU)
    To name a few

    Riding in tandem
    VIZCONDE massacre (admits they were high on drugs when enter the house)
    Hold up
    Mother rape by son
    Granny was rape
    Infants rape

    Watching everyday news makes you want to puke!

    Duterte had have enough….

  5. Many drug related crime here in the Philippines!
    (Filipino are known To be 2nd country who consumed liquor – we abused substance-SHABU)
    To name a few

    Riding in tandem
    VIZCONDE massacre (admits they were high on drugs when enter the house)
    Hold up
    Mother rape by son
    Granny was rape
    Infants rape

    Watching everyday news makes you want to puke!

    Duterte had have enough….

  6. Im sure he has probably killed someone who wasnt doing or selling drugs. Maybe he could be more cautious and make sure he gets the right people. He is keeping his country clean at least. If he didnt the Philippines would look like corrupt Mexico. Mexican gangs kill 1000s of innocents because of drugs and the police,judges and politicians allow drugs to grow.

  7. ALL STUDENT LESIN TO THE BOSS  DUTERTE SPEECH BECAUSE MOST YOUNG TEEN AND OLD GUYS AGES HAS TAKEN DRUGS AROUND THE WORLD NOT ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES DRUG PROBLEM IN OTHER COUNTRY NOT MONITORING  FOR CHILD KIDS YOUNG OLD USE SEE THE DRUGS EXAMPLE MARIUWANA HE HE HE HE HE

  8. if America so much care about human rights, then Philippines president shall send all 3 million drug addicts to america for rehab.

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