Rodrigo Duterte Jokes About Marijuana Use, While Thousands Die in His Drug War

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Supported byRodrigo Duterte Jokes About Marijuana Use, While Thousands Die in His Drug WarVideoPresident Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, whose administration has killed thousands suspected of drug offenses, said he that he used marijuana to stay alert for meetings. Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | SubscribeRelated Coverage3 Philippine Police Officers Are Convicted in a Drug War KillingNov. 29, 2018Image‘They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals’Dec. 7, 2016ImageAdvertisement Duterte said.The meetings, he said, start early in the morning and can take up the whole day.“It’s a killing activity. Duterte to make because marijuana is generally considered to have a calming rather than stimulative effect.Another political ally, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, said Mr. Duterte said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional group known as Asean that includes the Philippines, had a grueling meeting schedule.

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Rodrigo Duterte Jokes About Marijuana Use, While Thousands Die in His Drug War

VideoPresident Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, whose administration has killed thousands suspected of drug offenses, said he that he used marijuana to stay alert for meetings. He later said the remark was a joke.Published OnDec. 3, 2018CreditCreditLillian Suwanrumpha/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

By Jason Gutierrez

Dec. 3, 2018

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines joked on Monday about using marijuana to stay awake at official functions, but the punch line appeared lost on a nation where thousands of people have been killed in his antidrug campaign.

At a ceremony meant to honor diplomats and employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Duterte said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a regional group known as Asean that includes the Philippines, had a grueling meeting schedule. It was an apparent reference to local news...

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