“We have three million drug addicts, and it’s growing. So if we do not interdict this problem, the next generation will be having a serious problem … You destroy my country, I’ll kill you. And it’s a legitimate thing. If you destroy our young children, I will kill you. That is a very correct statement. There is nothing wrong in trying to preserve the interest of the next generation.” – President Duterte
The Al Jazeera had the chance to interview the President of the Republic of the Philippines. In an exclusive first interview since he was sworn in, Al Jazeera talk to Duterte about his controversial war on drugs and foreign policy – including deteriorating relations with the United States and potentially warming relations with China.
Watch the full interview of President Duterte below.
When asked about the contested South China Sea, Duterte says:
“We will not give up anything there; it’s an entitlement … You can only negotiate to prevent a war … They invited me for talks, and I will go.”
Watch the second part of the interview here.
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