Duterte says it’s good he left ‘few’ drug suspects alive to use Mindanao rehab center


President Rodrigo Duterte said it was good thing that he still left other drug suspects alive so that there would be a “few” who could still use the newly-inaugurated drug rehabilitation facility in Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

“Mabuti nalang may — it’s a good thing there is a… I don’t know if — don’t kill them all. Leave a few so that they will live here,” said Duterte during his speech Friday in Malaybalay where he led the unveiling of the Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center (NMWRC).

The P500-million NMWRC is the largest treatment and rehabilitation facility for victims of illegal drugs in Mindanao.

“If they are all killed, then there’s nothing. We’ll turn this (facility) into a very large funeral parlor instead,” Duterte said.

The NMWRC, donated by the Friends of the Philippines Foundation, can accommodate around 600 patients on a 6-month treatment cycle.