- Duterte ready to face the consequences for the mistakes his new list may contain
- However, he said he doesn’t believe the list’s margin of error is wide
- He also said he will continue to do his job even if it means sacrificing himself
MANILA, Philippines – Amid concerns and criticism over errors in his latest drug watchlist, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is ready to accept full responsibility for the consequences of his actions.
“If I end up being wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference. If I am wrong, I will accept the consequences,” the Philippine Star quoted him as saying.
At the same time however, Duterte defended his list and said he doesn’t believe that the margin of error is big.
“Verified means to say it is true. On our level, it was validated several times, but I could be wrong. Maybe, the military or the police committed a mistake. But that wide margin of error, I do not believe it,” he said.
The president also defended his decision to release the list, emphasizing that he is ready to do everything for the sake of the Filipino people.
“That is the way how to act as a President. I will gamble. I have said before, in this presidency, I put at stake my honor, my life and the presidency itself. I’m ready to lose it anytime,” he said.
Some of the judges, policemen or local officials Duterte mentioned as being involved in the drug trade have either died, left or retired from government service, or been erroneously given the wrong designations.
However, Communications Secretary defended the vetting process which placed the officials in the list, saying several agencies coordinated to confirm the information.
He also lauded Duterte’s decision to release the list, saying it has forced drug traffickers to come out in the open.
“It has never been done in the history of this country and we have to give it to our President, who understands the power that he has to stop the drug proliferation that is destroying the lives of more than three million Filipinos,” he said.