Duterte ‘happy’ to ‘die and burn’ for the sake of Filipinos

By Genalyn Kabiling

Amid his relentless campaign against illegal drugs and criminality, President Duterte recently said he would be “happy” to die and even “burn to eternity” just to give a safe and comfortable life for Filipinos.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Caraga State University in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte on April 21, 2019. (ARMAN BAYLON/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

The President said he was not joking when he threatened to finish off those who destroy the nation with illegal drugs, adding he was ready to face the consequences including imprisonment and death.

“Do not destroy the Philippines and do not destroy the youth of my land, papatayin ko talaga kayo. Magustuhan mo man ‘yan ang sinabi ko o hindi, hindi ako nagbibiro, talagang hihiritan ko kayo [I will really kill you. Whether or not you like what I said, I am not kidding. I will really hit back] and the last thing that I will do for my country if I go to hell to burn to eternity, so be it,” Duterte said during the opening of the Palarong Pambansa 2019 in Davao City last Sunday.

“If they want me hanged or face a firing squad, I will be happy that I died for the next generation of Filipinos so that they’ll have a comfortable life,” he added.

Duterte said his administration remains “determined” in pursuing the campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption.

He also asked the public to rally behind these initiatives. “I need your support, our young athletes, in this endeavor if we are to ensure a safe and progressive future for the next generation of Filipinos,” he said.

At present, Duterte said there are seven million Filipino shabu addicts who are also probably involved in selling the illegal substance. Drug problem also impairs the entire family, a concerned President noted.

“Seven million Filipinos who are slaves to a drug called shabu. And ang social dysfunction ng family wala na. ‘Pag ang breadwinner tumaob sa droga, this family will simply crumble [The family becomes socially dysfunctional. If the breadwinner becomes addicted to drugs, the family will simply crumble],” he said.

In the fight against corruption, the President appealed anew to the public to report to his office any complaint of abuse and other irregularities in the bureaucracy.

Duterte, who has fired several government officials for corruption allegations, said he would open the gates of Malacañang anytime to accept corruption complaints. He has promised to take action against erring public servants.

“I will go out with you and we will try to solve the problem,” he said.

“If we cannot solve the problem, we will solve him. Ganun lang ‘yan. Either you give your victim justice or I will give it to you,” he added.