Duterte sets conditions for his imprisonment, vows to end term ‘fighting’

Published July 22, 2019, 10:27 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte is ready to be sent to prison over alleged extrajudicial killings if he is given a “comfortable cell” and “unlimited” conjugal visits.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO  / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR. / PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In his State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday, the President set conditions to his imprisonment amid attempts to put him on trial for the drug-related deaths before an international tribunal.

“Duterte, extrajudicial killing. Report to the ICC (International Criminal Court)? Okay if you can provide me with a good comfortable cell, heated during wintertime,” Duterte said in his national address that lasted for one and a half hours.

Duterte said he also wanted “air-condition during the hot weather and conjugal visits, unlimited so we can understand each other.”

The President’s remarks drew laughter from some members of the audience gathered at the House plenary hall. The SONA guests included former presidents, Cabinet members, diplomats, lawmakers, and other government officials.

While he mocked attempts to drag him to an international tribunal, the President has defended the government’s war on illegal drugs and vowed to end his term “fighting.”

He admitted though that the government has “a long way to go in our fight against this social menace.” He has endorsed the passage of the reimposition of the death penalty for drug-related offense and plunders during his SONA.

He also noted that the “terrible devastation” caused by illegal drugs was seen during the terror siege in Marawi City in 2017. He said drug money killed 175 and wounded more than 2,000 soldiers and policemen during the five-month battle with the terrorists.

The ICC earlier committed to continuing its preliminary examination into Duterte’s alleged crimes against humanity related to the drug war despite the Philippines’ pullout from the group.

Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved an Iceland-led resolution seeking a report on the alleged drug-related killings. The government has denounced the baseless UN resolution as an affront to the country’s sovereignty.

 
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