“The war on drugs will not stop.”
This was the roaring statement of President Rodrigo Duterte as his dispute with the International Criminal Court (ICC) continues.
During the President’s speech at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, he reiterated his vow to continue the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs despite receiving various criticisms both domestically and internationally.
“The war on drugs will not stop and will last until the day I step down. If I go to prison, I will go to prison. If you want to execute me, look for a country that allows the execution of prisoner by firing squad,” Duterte said in a statement.
Going further Duterte said the ICC had no sufficient evidence to prove his supposed guilt because threatening criminals is not a crime.
“Is there a crime threatening people, especially criminals?” Duterte asked.
The ICC’s move came after lawyer Jude Sabio accused the Duterte administration of committing crimes against humanity due to the deaths of some 3,800 suspected drug traders and users.
Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the administration remains confident that the investigation will not prosper citing the long amount of time the ICC undertakes in its cases.
The administration of President Duterte has been repeatedly scrutinized due to its bloody war against drugs, more so on the deaths of minors Kian Kian Delos Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, and Reynaldo De Guzman.