Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prior to the arrival of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Malacañan Palace
|Media Interview with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte prior to the arrival of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Malacañan Palace|
|28 April 2017|
Q: Kay Mary Jane Veloso, sir. Are you going to directly ask for the commutation of her sentence?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Those are one of the things that are there. Maybe I’ll, I’ll… As a Filipino, I have a stake there also.
But I’d like to thank them in advance for the reprieve. Maski ‘yan na lang muna. So I will… Mamaya na pagkatapos.
Q: Sir, what do you think are the chances po?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Ako basta I said that I will honor what the laws are in their country. We will not impose. We will not demand. Nothing. But… Tayo ganun rin.
Q: Sir, ‘yung hidden jail, ‘yung sa MPD station 1, ‘yung may secret jail?
Q: Secret jail daw, sir, sa mga drug lords?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Hindi ko nakita. Meron silang?
Q: Sa Tondo raw po sa presinto merong isang hidden detention cell na nakatabing lang po ‘yung cabinet tapos pinagkasya po doon ‘yung siyam or sampung detainees na hindi naman daw po sinampahan ng kaso pero apparently drug-related cases daw po ‘yon dapat?
Q: And the policemen are allegedly extorting from them?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: I will look into this after — this afternoon. I will call Bato.
Q: Sir, ‘yung Ro-Ro point, sir, between Philippines and Indonesia, I mean hindi ba ‘yan sir cause for concern also kasi…?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Kaya mamaya na kasi pag-usapan namin. Kasi may pera diyan eh. Piracy or piracy whatever. Ma-ano ‘yang lugar na ‘yan. So if there’s a commercial route there, you have to consider also the security concerns.
So maybe we’ll have to agree to provide escorts in the meantime. But one thing that we come up maybe now and that was taken yesterday with the King of Brunei ‘yung ano ‘yung — to make it safe again. So I would suggest during the Summit maybe a multinational task force.
Q: Okay to patrol the seas.
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Just like what happened in Somalia.
[Anong nangyari sa iyo bakit ka pawis na pawis?] [Sir, ang init.] [Noong sa Davao ka inalagaan ko kayong lahat, ngayon ano na o.]
Q: Sir, ano po ‘yung reaksyon ninyo sa suggestion ni Vice President Robredo na gawin daw pong legal, i-decriminalize daw po ang paggamit ng illegal drugs?
PRESIDENT DUTERTE: Pareho ‘yan ng UE? Ay EU. Ayoko ng EU. Alam mo… Pagmagalit kasi ako ganun.
Ano ‘yan eh, ang suggestion nila magtayo ako ng mga clinic dito sa Maynila tapos ako na ang mag-suplay ng shabu, cocaine. Si Robredo naman uy.
Q: Sir, we’ll see you later. Thank you.