I didn’t know I will be fighting my government to stop drugs: Duterte

Politics & Governance

President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed his frustration about the illegal drug problem in the country.

“I’m terribly frustrated with… Talaga I said I will finish the drug problem in six months. That is true. I look stupid? Yes,” he said during the an oath-taking ceremony of newly appointed officials at Malacañang Palace on February 7.

“But my paradigm then was Davao City. Kaya ko man ubusin isang araw. Just shoot them dead,” he added.


However, he said that when he assumed office he saw that he will be going against government officials and even military and police generals to stop the drug problem.

“Pero dito sa Maynila, pagdating ko, sinong kalaban ko? Police general, Customs, pantalan pati airport. I did not know that I was fighting my own government to stop the drug,” he said. “Hindi ko alam ‘yun that I have to kill my own police officers and policemen.”