Side effect for Duterte: Philippines leader called to get drug tested after his marijuana ‘joke’
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Philippines leader Duterte is being called to take a drug test after he “joked” last week about smoking pot. The mastermind behind Manila’s war on drugs shot himself in the foot when he said marijuana helped him “stay awake.”
It all took off at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore last week, where President Rodrigo Duterte shocked world audiences by controversially saying he had smoked marijuana to put up with the “killing activity” of such events. Duterte later claimed the remark was merely a “joke.”
The Philippines leader has been pursuing a ruthless clampdown on drug suspects and users since 2016. According to official figures, over 4,800 people have been killed in police operations or extrajudicial killings in the past two years.
Philippines opposition senator Antonio Trillanes on Thursday challenged Duterte to get tested to prove to his people that he makes no use of psychoactive substances.
“Now, if he really wants to clear himself, I am calling again on him to take a drug test,” Trillanes said.
The public took to social media to hail the senator for daring the 73-year-old president.
One Twitter user branded Trillanes’ offer a “bold move.”
Bold move senator.
— Eran Helbitz🇮🇱 (@EranHelbitz) December 6, 2018
Another guessed the president will result “positive x10.”
While one Twitter user said Duterte would be the “ultimate hypocrite” if it turned out to be true that the mastermind behind the controversial clampdown on drugs is himself a junkie.
If true, then Duterte is the ultimate hypocrite. He even had to kill thousands in his drug war. It’s all for show to strengthen his strongman image.
— obet reyes (@obetreyes3) December 6, 2018
But Duterte, has for the time being, refused the offer to get tested.
Twitter users criticized the president’s refusal.
He's buying time for the drugs to be out of his system before he'll agree to that
— Oliver S. Garcia (@osgarcia) December 6, 2018
This government wants Grade 4 students to undergo mandatory drug testing but rejects it for the self-confessed marijuana user. Proves (yet again) that Duterte's war on drugs is a sham. https://t.co/V3OjeMPrwC
— Ron Cruz (@iamronjosef) December 6, 2018
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