PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, December 19, hit the United States anew, calling it a “land of hypocrisy” for its criticism of the Philippine government’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs.
For the past previous months since Duterte took office, the United States has reiterated several times its concern over the alleged spate of extrajudicial killings related to the Philippine government’s intensified campaign against illegal drugs.
Records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that around 6,000 people have been killed in the campaign from July 1 to December 12—with 2,000 people slain during legitimate police operations while the remaining 4,000 were killed in extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings, most reportedly conducted by unknown suspects.
“America is a land of hypocrisy. There are 40,000 Americans killed every year, drug-related,” Duterte said in a speech before a group of exemplary government employees.
At the same time, the president also reiterated that the country could survive even without the help of the U.S., following the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) decision to reportedly withhold its $434-million financial assistance to the Philippines.
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