“I HATE drugs,” President Rodrigo Duterte said as he talked about Filipinos abroad who are in jail for drugs.
He said he would not intervene in the situation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who face illegal drug charges.
“Yung mga drug cases even in Indonesia right now, you have not heard me talk about it because I hate drugs. True or not, I simply find it almost incongruous to me to be talking about these things because I really do not...I am the unforgiving, especially against drugs and slavery,” Duterte said in a speech at the 7th anniversary on Wednesday of a public service show for OFWs in Pasay City.
Last April the mother of Filipino death row convict Mary Jane Veloso and relatives of other OFWs set for execution abroad asked President Duterte to save their loved ones.
But Duterte advised OFWs to just follow the laws of the countries where they are employed because he cannot help them.
“So ngayon sabihin ko sa mga kababayan natin, sumunod kayo. Because pag nasabit kayo ng mga ganun, di talaga ako makatulong. If at all, it would take time,” he said.