PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte decried a “silencing stage” in the illegal drug trade.
Duterte said that drug dealers and the police officers or the so- called “ninja cops” are the ones who has placed his administration's human rights record in a bad light.
The ninja cops are the protectors of drug suspects.
“Nagpapatayan sila kung sino ang pumiyait [squeal on] kay Garbo, sino ang pumiyait kay Loot. Did it ever occur to you that there was a silencing stage? Mostly sila-sila lang," Duterte said.
"Pero ang patay lahat tinatapon nila kay Bato [Police Dir. Gen. Ronald dela Rosa], sa akin, sa police. Then how stupid can you really get?” the President said.
"Hindi ba nila alam na pati mga police generals at police involved? At lahat iyong pinatay—nagpatayan sila because unahan na sila kasi these guys will be the killers,” Duterte said in his speech before the Philippine National Police Regional Office 12 (PRO12) in Tambler, General Santos City.
He lashed out at his critics, especially the international groups, for the lack of understanding of the scope of the drug problem in the Philippines.
He stressed that even police generals had been linked to the narcotics trade.
Duterte earlier named retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo and retired Chief Superintendent Vicente Loot as among the protectors of drug lords.
Duterte also named three active police generals as protectors of drug lords.
Garbo, Loot and the active generals have denied Duterte’s allegations.
Duterte continued to hit back at international groups for criticizing him without getting the entire picture of what he called the drug menace.
“Marumi raw ang bunganga ko, kasi tarantado kayo. You know why you get a retort from me that is really bullshit? Because you are also bullshitting us nga hindi pa nga nila alam kung sino ang nagpapatayan," Duterte said.
"Why do you attribute all the killings in Manila to the police and me when as a matter of fact there are gangsters including the police generals?” he added.
The President also slammed claims that police are into “mummifying” drug suspects even as he insisted that extrajudicial killings were not sanctioned by the government.
Duterte said that the police were not tasked to “mummify” drug suspects.
“Iyong unang birada, binabalot ng plaster, sabi ko, ‘that is not the job of the police to make mummies, sa Egypt lang iyon. Bakit mag-ganoon? Magsayang-sayang ng panahon," Duterte said.
"Why would we waste our time wrapping a body with—to make mummies out of those—kaya ako galit,” he added.
Fair treatment, please
Duterte called for respect and fair treatment from the United Nations, other states and international bodies as he reiterated the government's resolve to rid the country of illegal drugs.
The President urged the UN, the United States, European Union and international human rights groups to treat him fairly and he will respond accordingly.
Duterte said their rapporteurs can come to the country and see for themselves what's really happening on the ground.
"If you just treat me fairly, magpapakumbaba ako (I will humble myself)," the President said.
The UN, US, EU and various international human rights groups have criticized the Duterte administration's ongoing war against illegal drugs and blamed it for the alleged extrajudicial killings of drug suspects which victims have reportedly reached more than 3,000.
The President reiterated that the government will continue its relentless campaign against illegal drugs and criminality despite the difficulties and criticisms it is facing.
He said the country's illegal drug problem has "gone beyond our imagination," with an estimated 4 million Filipinos who are drug addicts.
For his part, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said that while there is no formal invitation, the Duterte administration welcomes the United Nations Rapporteur on Human Rights to look into the alleged human rights concerns.
Andanar said it is a clear manifestation that this administration has nothing to hide before the international community.
“The all-out war against illegal drugs being waged by law enforcement is a war for national survival. The drug menace has permeated the length and breadth of the country, threatening to destroy the very fabric of our society. We know that widespread drug use not only leads to other crimes, it can also turn the country into a narco state where lawlessness prevails and can set back our efforts at achieving inclusive economic growth,” Andanar said.
Andanar however said that “while the Philippine government welcomes any UN observer and will listen to what they have to say, they should also listen to what we have to say, both in the spirit of mutual respect and out of genuine recognition of our status as a sovereign nation.”