FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte yet again stirred the press with a controversial statement during an event in Malacañang on Monday (December 3).
The Chief Executive said that to keep himself awake during a hectic schedule, he allegedly used marijuana, a banned substance with its use considered illegal in the country.
“It’s a killing activity, and I think my age, ako hindi masyado, kasi nagma-marijuana ako para magising. Sa iba hindi na kaya. Iyong mga tao diyan puro revolutionary iyan,” Duterte said before officials and employees of government agencies who are part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) national organizing committee.
However, when media asked for a clarification on his statement, he said that he was only joking.
His jokes he said are meant to overcome boredom.
“Of course! I want to shake the tree, in the middle of… boring pag walang (it’s boring without…)… alam mo naman, nagpapatawa lang talaga ako kasi boring pag walang ano (You know how it is, I was joking because things can get boring),” he said.
He also stressed that no one can force him to change or stop his style of speaking.
“Ganun ako (That’s how I am). You don’t bind me with your…kung sabihin ninyo (if you say), I was joking all the time I won’t mind. It was a joke of course it was a joke but nobody can stop me from just doing my style. Minsan sabi niyo misogynist ako (Sometimes you call me a misogynist). Biro ako ng ganun (I would joke around) that’s my style. It’s too late to change — if I want to joke, I will joke. Kung maniwala kayo, gago kayo (If you took my joke seriously, then you’re a fool),” the President said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)