Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte promises to wipe out crime and illegal drugs during his inaugural State of the Nation Address. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed big reforms to tackle chronic economic flaws on Monday (July 25) and defended his pursuit of a deadly anti-narcotics war, saying drugs were drowning his country and human rights were no excuse to shield criminals. Just a month into his presidency, Duterte used his inaugural State of the Nation Address to warn the public to steer clear of drug use, the scale of which was "staggering and scary" and promised no relenting in his crackdown. Nicknamed "the punisher" and "Duterte Harry" for his brutal fight against crime, Duterte hit back at activists incensed by a surge in the killing of suspected drug traffickers, saying human rights should protect dignity, not let criminals destroy the country. "There will be no let-up in this campaign. Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars, or below the ground, if they so wish," he said. Duterte did not mention the number of suspected drugs dealers killed during his efforts but police have logged 240 deaths related to the trade since he took office, although other estimates are higher. He said 120,000 people had surrendered to police in the past month, and 70,000 were drug pushers.