“I DON’T talk to criminals,” President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said as he rejected a meeting with high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian who had said he would reveal everything he knew about the alleged proliferation of the illegal drug trade inside the national penitentiary but only to the President.
“He can go to the fiscal if he wants. Or maybe write a letter to Secretary Yasay if that is feasible,” Duterte said.
Duterte said convicts deserve what they are going through, saying they asked for it when they decided to get involved with drugs.
“There’s always a comeuppance and the law of karma,” Duterte said.
Sebastian’s lawyer earlier claimed that several government officials will be implicated if his client reveals what he knows.
“Several officials under the previous administration will be implicated in Sebastian’s testimony since he was privy to the [drug] transactions,” lawyer Eduardo Arriba said.
However, Arriba said his client only wants to disclose the information directly to Duterte.
Arriba said Sebastian will not ask for either amnesty or protection from the government in exchange for the information he describes as “important, material and almost conclusive.”
“Para makita ng presidente na there are no strings attached. Gusto niya lang tumulong, sa presidente lang,” Arriba said.
“We will leave it to the president. If the president will grant him immunity, then so be it,” Arriba added.
Sebastian figured in a bloody stabbing incident that left one convicted crime lord killed and 3 others including him injured inside the national penitentiary.
‘Genocide’ of drug users
Duterte bared he does not mind killing drug addicts if the act will rid the country of its crime-related problems.
“At least, if Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have you know,” he said, pausing and pointing to himself. The Nazi dictator had some 3 million Jews exterminated in a bid to eliminate the Jewish race.
“You know my victims. I would like (them) to be all criminals to finish the problem of my country and save the next generation from perdition,” the President said.
Reacting to statements of his critics notably US Senators Patrick Leahy and Benjamin Cardin, who expressed concern over Duterte’s handling of the war on drugs, Duterte said that the U.S. senators should not interfere with Philippine affairs and stop being hypocrites.
“Do not interfere in our affairs. I will ask him now. Why are you shooting the black people there when they are on the ground?”
“Stop this hypocrisy game and we are all right. Stop being hypocrites. Do not pretend to be the moral conscience of the world. Do not be the policeman because you do not have the eligibility to do that in my country,” Duterte added.