Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed: “I feel we should follow Duterte’s footsteps to fight drug hazard”

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena claimed he admires the technique President Rodrigo Duterte is managing the issue of illegal drugs in the country, including he feels the same needs to be done in his own.

In his speech at the state banquet presented in his honor in Malacañang throughout his state visit Wednesday, Sirisena declared, “The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to whole world and, personally, to me. The drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard.”

President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, photo from CNN

Duterte, in his press announcement after the bilateral meeting earlier, claimed Sri Lanka could very well be a partner to address the trafficking of illegal drugs.

Duterte is a hardliner in terms of addressing the issue of illegal drugs, as well as it in his campaign for the presidency in 2016. He has mentioned it in lots of his speeches since turning into president, such as stories of him warning those involved in the drug trade to end or he will probably kill them.

In a speech in October 2018, he stated dead drug suspects were only carcasses to him.

In one more speech in November last year, he stated he would reward cops who execute superiors associated with drugs.

His admin, however, has defended the war on drugs, expressing it saves Filipinos.

Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs includes left more than 4 ,000 killed in different police operations, while human rights organizations peg the number beyond 12,000.

Source: CNN