Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'jokes' about cannabis use

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte 'jokes' about cannabis use

In 2015, the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines said the Church supported the use of prohibited drugs and narcotics, such as marijuana, for the terminally ill.

"Like his so many sexist, misogynistic and violent statements that set into motion killings, human rights abuses and the rabid disrespect of women, President Duterte makes these pronouncements without any sense of responsibility and accountability".

"Me, [I don't fall asleep] as much because I was taking marijuana to stay awake", he said. "It doesn't work, with others". "Don't say I told you but [Brunei Sultan Hassanal] Bolkiah always falls asleep, but he has a talent. and you don't notice", he said on Monday. "He has a talent to make it appear that he was not sleeping, so it is as if he is contemplating his oil".

"The food sucked. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, it's true", Duterte protested. Baka akala nitong ASEAN Secretariat boy scout kami? "This can not stand. We refuse to get used to it", she added. He skipped several events at the Asean summit in Singapore to take naps.

Duterte complained of his tight schedules in previous meetings, saying he could "not handle" them.

Marijuana jokes can be good and fun, except when the leader of a country has capitalized and campaigned on a brutal and bloody War on Drugs, one that has cost thousands of lives over the past two years, like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did Monday. Marijuana use is illegal in the Philippines.

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Duterte has waged a controversial war on drugs, mostly targeting users and traders of shabu, the drug of choice for many drug addicts in the Philippines.

This did not stop Duterte later bringing up the joke again.

"I'm going to hold my government accountable for publicly calling me a criminal", she said on Sunday night in brief comments to journalists gathered at the airport.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this statement after Duterte drew flak for joking that he takes marijuana to keep himself awake. "Ngayon kung maniwala kayo, g*go kayo (Now if you believe what I said, you are stupid)".

"Medicinal marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine" Duterte said. Yet he rejected the idea of smoking cannabis recreationally, warning that those who "fight" the law by using it in the manner will "die".

Panelo added on Tuesday that if people who hear the remark are "offended", it means Duterte was not joking.

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