Friday, 14 December, 2018

Despite Bloody War On Drugs, Phillipine President Jokes About Marijuana Usage

GettyImages-1032663154 Philippine leader jokes he used marijuana at summit meeting
Kenny Thornton | 06 December, 2018, 12:27

"Sometimes you say I'm a misogynist when I joke but that's my style. That's my style. It's too late to change". "It's the opposite, so obviously there was no logic there, so he was joking", said Panelo.

A few of his audience during the awarding ceremonies for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Organizing Council chuckled at the admission of the President, whose brutal crackdown on drugs has claimed thousands of lives and stirred worldwide furor. "If the judiciary finds probable cause in information filed then, we have to respect the law on the matter", Panelo said during a Palace press briefing.

"I use marijuana to keep me awake", the 73-year-old Duterte said, referring to the Singapore meeting.

Duterte had clarified, just like in some of his previous controversial pronouncements, that his statement that he takes marijuana was just a joke to liven up a rather "boring" speech. An estimated 5,000 people have since Duterte took office in incidents related to law enforcement against drug crime.

Ressa and Rappler have come under heavy fire for alleged "biased reporting" particularly against the government, with President Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte once describing the online agency as a "fake news outlet".

The President believes medicinal marijuana is "an ingredient of modern medicine".

Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa is entitled to the presumption of innocence and could avail of legal remedies amid a tax evasion complaint against her, Malacañang said Monday.

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In an interview with the reporters, he said that he was using a "plastic marijuana".

Duterte, however, said he would push for stricter regulation to ensure that medicinal marijuana would be offered only to those who really need it.

It was the first conviction in Duterte's brutal war on drugs, which has killed upwards of 5,000 people - mostly the urban poor - and even prompted a preliminary investigation by the worldwide criminal court for crimes against humanity.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III rejected the proposal to legalize marijuana for medical use as he feared people wanted it legalized but not for medical purposes.

"I don't have to ask him because we've been together for 30 years", said the presidential spokesman.

The comment is bound to upset families of the victims of his crackdown on narcotics. cannabis is illegal in the Southeast Asian nation and is not a stimulant.

According to Human Rights Watch, Duterte's war on drugs has led to the deaths of over 12,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor.

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