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Duterte 'entitled' to make marijuana joke - Palace

Duterte 'entitled' to make marijuana joke - Palace”

In the ambush interview, he said, "Of course I was joking...kung maniwala kayo, e, gago kayo [if you believe that, then you must be stupid]".

He added, "That's my style, it's too late to change. It's the opposite, so obviously there was no logic there, so he was joking".

Now, being in the second year of a Trump presidency, we may be desensitized to politicians making weird claims (who uses marijuana to stay awake??).

Panelo said Malacañang will "never interfere with the function of the judiciary" as well as the other branches of government.

But also that afternoon, following his remarks, he told reporters, "Alam mo naman nagpapatawa talaga ako (You know that I'm just joking)".

After several media posted Duterte's 'marijuana use, ' the President was quick to say that it was a joke. But according to "conservative estimates" from humans rights groups, more than 12,000 men, women, and children have been killed from the Philippine President's War on Drugs, launched when he took over office in 2016.

"I use marijuana to keep me awake", the 73-year-old Duterte said, referring to the Singapore meeting.

The Justice Department says Rappler and Ressa tried to evade taxes by not reporting gains of nearly 3 million dollars in 2015.

"Medicinal marijuana, yes, because it is really an ingredient of modern medicine" Duterte said.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said that he was just kidding so the crowd won't get bored.

While the President is against synthetic substances such as shabu, he is open to the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

Panelo rejected claims that President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself had a hand at Ressa's arrest warrant since he has repeatedly slammed Rappler for being critical of his war on drugs and other policies.

"This will definitely anger the families even more".

"One joke will not make him a bad leader", he added.

Panelo insisted that Duterte had "never" taken marijuana in his life while admitting that he never discussed the matter with the President. "So we will have to live with whatever he is for the next four years or so", Lacson said.

Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch said Monday that "the charges filed against Rappler and its editor and founder, Maria Ressa, are politically motivated and part of the Duterte administration's campaign to harass, threaten and intimidate critics".



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