President Rodrigo Duterte in his first State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday pledged to maintain human rights yet said this ought not be utilized as a reason to crush the nation.
"Human rights must work to uplift human dignity. But human rights cannot be used as a shield or excuse to destroy the country," Duterte said.
He got a resonating acclaim after this announcement tending to reactions of human rights infringement in the light of an expansion in spate of killings since his administration began.
Duterte guaranteed to proceed with his persevering war against drugs in the midst of rundown killings of suspected drug lords and pushers.
"We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financer, have surrendered, put behind bars or below the ground if they so wish," he said.
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