MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte described as stupid the claim by Sen. Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros that the administration appeared to be implementing a policy of killing suspected drug users and traders.
In a media interview on Tuesday, Sept. 5, Duterte said it was brainless to conclude that two killings — apparently referring to the cases of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos and 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who were both killed by Caloocan policemen — meant that the government already had a policy to kill.
“Do you think two killings, even if it’s illegal, makes a policy? Dalawang patay, palagay lang natin pinatay, murder [Two dead, let’s just say they were murdered]. I ask Hontiveros, is that already the policy? Is that the baseline of the policy? Napakabobo naman n‘yan [That’s so stupid],” the President said.
The chief executive made the pronouncement after Hontiveros, during Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Public Order’s inquiry into the death of Delos Santos and Arnaiz, quizzed Philippine National Police chief Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa about the supposed policy.