President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, June 27, criticized rights advocates who do not favor his approach in fighting crime, which included arresting parents of unescorted minors caught loitering on the streets beyond 10:00 pm.
“Itong mga human rights na mga congressman, napakabobo naman ninyo,” said Duterte in a live Twitter feed of his last flag-raising ceremony as mayor in Davao City. (These human rights congressmen. You are so stupid).
“Arrest the parents for abandonment and exposing them to danger. That is how you protect the children,” said the incoming president.
Duterte also explained the arrest of “children” who would be caught breaking curfew. Reports show that some minors have been apprehended by police but taken to local social welfare and development branches.
“When we take into custody children, we are not in the process of arresting them. We are protecting them from harm,” he explained.
Duterte also vowed that “curfew will be strictly implemented throughout the country.” He has yet to decide if he would implement a liquor ban beginning at 1 a.m.
“We are trying to make something good for our children… Do not destroy my country or I will kill you,” said Duterte, a staunch advocate of the death penalty for the Philippines. MC