Philippines' Duterte jokes about using marijuana to stay awake at ASEAN summit

Philippine news site chief bailed

Philippine news site chief bailed

Duterte, whose controversial drug war has prompted worldwide criticism in the course of his administration, said on Monday he smokes marijuana to stay awake and cope with his punishing schedule.

In a speech in Malacaang, Duterte cited his hectic schedule during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Summit in Singapore and admitted he was using marijuana to stay awake. "For others, they can't take it", Duterte said, without elaborating. And it's every 30 minutes...

"Baka akala ng ASEAN Secretariat, Boy Scout kami".

In Singapore, he skipped some meetings and took "power naps" to catch up on sleep, according to his spokesman.

After his speech, he told reporters that he was just kidding so the crowd won't get bored.

Ressa and Rappler were indicted last week on multiple counts of tax evasion, in what the journalist's supporters say is a politically motivated attempt to persecute the news website that has been instrumental in exposing the brutality of Mr Duterte's war on drugs. We can't take that. Yung nuances about other country, ano na yun.

He said the heads of states should only be tackling "urgent and immediate concerns" of ASEAN. "Di talaga kaya", he said. "Sometimes you say I'm a misogynist when I joke but that's my style".

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The president while speaking of the punishing schedule that he has to adhere to said, he could "not handle" them.

"Pangit pa ng mga ulam, susmaryosep..."

The Justice Department says Rappler and Ressa tried to evade taxes by not reporting gains of nearly 3 million dollars in 2015. "Do you really believe that I really smoke marijuana?" he asked. "There are medicines being developed, or are now in the market, that contain marijuana for medical purposes". Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he was not in favor of legalizing marijuana because of the inefficient regulatory environment. At one point, however, he championed the legalization of recreational marijuana.

"If the President is serious in handling the drug issue, he should stop his tough talk, understand the science behind substance use and addiction, and give the issue the due gravity it deserves", said the Y4MH chair, Dr. Raymond John Naguit. Last week, he to "decapitate" a Philippine bishop for allegedly buying drugs, a claim Duterte did not back with evidence.

In June, 2016, Albano refilled the House Bill 4477.

However, the joke was not taken lightly by many in the Philippines where possession of marijuana carries a lengthy prison sentence.

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