President Duterte has made the astonishing claim that “foreigners are destroying the Philippines”.
The President did not name which nationalities are to blame for the alleged destruction, merely saying that he has “warned their ambassadors several times”.
“A lot of citizens are destroying my country and I won’t allow that. If I allow it, there will be no Philippines tomorrow,” he said.
The president was careful with his words, He had originally pointed the finger at Chinese people, who are suspected of contributing to the country’s drug problem. However, he finally admitted that Mexican drug cartels were operating in the Philippines, something he had neglected to mention before.
Palace officials say the crime rate is already lower due to the intensified campaigns against drugs – but no solid statistics were presented to back up that statement.