Duterte lauds Sirisena's recognition of Philippines’ war on drugs

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had lauded President Maithripala Sirisena for Sri Lanka’s plan to replicate the success of the Philippines’ war on drugs, the Philippine News Agency reported on Thursday.

President Duterte’s Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after President Sirisena has recognized Philippines’ successful approach against illegal drugs.

“Of course, we are happy that other countries have taken note of our war on drugs and that they look upon us as best practice on dealing with illegal drugs. So we appreciate that, but as of now, we still have no death penalty,” Roque said in a press briefing.

According to media reports, Sri Lanka will begin hanging drug dealers to "replicate success of Philippines".

President Sirisena said he was ready to sign the "death warrants" of repeat drug offenders after nearly 50 years of moratorium on executions.

“Well, I think, we have not reached the point where we will hang them. We are still on the level of really using our police, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, the National Bureau of Investigation and our political will against drug pushers,” Roque said.

As promised during election campaign, Duterte launched his war on drugs right on his first day in office in July 2016, prompting over 1.2 million drug personalities to surrender to authorities.

  Comments - 19

  • lkboy Friday, 13 July 2018 04:40 PM

    What an accomplishment!

    Saman Friday, 13 July 2018 04:58 PM

    He knows nothing.

    Pambaya Friday, 13 July 2018 04:59 PM

    We need a Duterte like leader in SL, not a Sirisena.

    Ash Friday, 13 July 2018 05:04 PM

    First stop corrupt politicians

    Kasun Friday, 13 July 2018 05:31 PM

    Yeah no death penalty but about 4200 drug dealers were killed :D

    MediaJunkie Friday, 13 July 2018 05:36 PM

    Getting an endorsement from Duterte is NOT something we should welcome...

    Sam Friday, 13 July 2018 05:50 PM

    The drug dealer are now working through Sri Lanka because they are two scared to work through the Philippines any longer. They are the root cause of our problem.

    Tax Payer Friday, 13 July 2018 05:51 PM

    Official visit to the Philippines for our president to check on how enforcement is done in that country? Just a flash in the pan for Sri Lanka...quite sure death penalty will not be enforced in Sri Lanka.

    Ajja Friday, 13 July 2018 06:11 PM

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte was successful since he was genuine. President Maithripala Sirisena need to get his house in order before punishing others.

    sujeewa Friday, 13 July 2018 06:14 PM

    We all know that Duterte is blacklisted leader in the world. A month ago, what he openly did with a migrant female worker in South Korea cannot be written, but please check on YouTube. If Sirisena gets commendation ONLY from Duterte and from 4% of Sri Lankans (as what happened on Feb 10, 2018 elections), that speaks his accomplishments for his entire political life.

    J A Nihal Peiris Friday, 13 July 2018 07:46 PM

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterete is Tough Straight Forward N Using his powers with out Any fear Comparing our President MS want to Protect SLFP and his GAJAMITHURO group How can M.D. can do This?

    Harini Friday, 13 July 2018 09:07 PM

    What of the Sri Lankan politicians entangled in the drug mafia and racketeering? I always find it strange how those nabbed at BIA lately seem to be dumb enough to neatly pack kilos and kilos of narcotics in their luggage through security checks and customs. Something doesn't add up. Sirisena's war on drugs seems to be staged just a bit.

    Ceylon Friday, 13 July 2018 09:13 PM

    Howcome some of writers here forgot tens of thousands inercent people killed in srilanka during three civil wars without they do any wrong.they just killed for no reasons and reasons of personel grudgess,jeslousy and wrong informations giving to revenge,negligence and wrong suspicion.most of you are lucky to live today.but dont forget who lost lives without any fair reason.lanka has seen many who did these killings faced the same fate with untimely death and with severe brutality.

    Ruwan Friday, 13 July 2018 09:19 PM

    Wow.... he found a companion....

    GH Friday, 13 July 2018 11:11 PM

    If implemented the death penalty in Sri Lanka, will Maithree follow up honestly to hang the Ministers involved in his administration firstly.

    Wise Donkey Friday, 13 July 2018 11:49 PM

    I very much doubt that our president will live up to what the Philippines did in his country. He said that he will wipe out the drug dealers in his country and he did it without bowing down to any pressure from inside as well as from outside. Can our president do that? I very much doubt.

    Lakshitha Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:05 AM

    President Sirisena was justifying Duturetes extrajudicial killing,,where armed forces given power to kill with no court case,,,so is that justifiable and Sirisena was commending it,,seems Sirisena doesnt know anything of politics just to talk foolishly boldly only,,,let him sign the death sentence,,it will be the death sentence for his political carreeer next elections,,

    Mevan Saturday, 14 July 2018 12:55 PM

    My3 will never be able carry out death penalty. Ranil will block it.

    Waco Sunday, 15 July 2018 11:05 AM

    My3, can not match Thai Primer Duterte.

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