The NZ Herald has what they describe an interview with President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, which apparently is his first and only interview while in NZ, in which he doesn’t resile from his policy of shooting drug dealers.
You have to wait until right at the end of the article, which is more opinion and mocking by the journalist than it is an interview.
Duterte, who took office on June 30, promised to wage his own war – this one against drugs in his country.
His promise to kill more than 100,000 drug users and fill Manila Bay with their bodies, and his urging citizens and police to conduct extra-judicial killings, has earned him the nickname of “The Punisher”.
The bodies of dealers and addicts have since been turning up in cities across the Philippines.
Police statistics show a surge in the number of drug suspects shot dead by security forces, but vigilantes appear to have killed significantly more.
Nevertheless, when questioned by the Herald, Duterte remained staunch in the face of international criticism and reiterated his commitment to “neutralise” all drug-lords in his country.
“It will not stop until the last drug pusher is out of the streets and the last drug lord neutralised ... it will remain to be a war and I am committed to it.”
When he declared a war on drugs he really meant it.
There are so few drug dealers in New Zealand it would be hard to find them and “punish” them.
– NZ Herald