By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted that his only sin is the extrajudicial killings in the country.
Duterte made the statement on Thursday during a speech at the oath-taking of the new Career Executive Service Officers, conferment of the 2017 Gawad Career Executive Services, and the 2018 Outstanding Government Awards Rites in Malacanang.
“Ako I will talk to… a political exercise now. What are your sins?” the chief executive asked referring to Senator Francis Pangilinan who he criticized for being behind the Juvenile Justice Law.
“Ako? Tanungin mo sa military, ano ang kasalanan ko? Nagnakaw ba ako diyan, ni piso? Did I prosecute somebody na pinakulong ko? Ang kasalanan ko lang eh yung mga extra judicial killing. Eh ang mga extra judicial killing naman ito mga ulol,” he added.
In May, the Philippine National Police said 4,251 drug suspects had been killed between July 1, 2016 and April 30.
However, this was much lower than the Human Rights Watch’s estimate of “more than 12,000” individuals who died in the government’s anti-illegal drug operations.