I use marijuana, Philippines Duterte jokes

06 December, 2018, 12:30 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made this statement after Duterte drew flak for joking that he takes marijuana to keep himself awake.

Panelo also said Duterte had "never" taken marijuana in his life, even though he admitted that he never discussed the matter with the President.

The Justice Department says Rappler and Ressa tried to evade taxes by not reporting gains of nearly 3 million dollars in 2015. "The test there is, if there's no logic, you are just joking".

"He [Duterte] does it because usually events are boring ..."

"The fact alone that people laughed, then that's a joke", he said.

Shawn Crispin, CPJ Southeast Asia representative, said the charges were a "blatant form of legal harassment and underline President Rodrigo Duterte's desperate attempt to stifle its critical reporting on his government".

When asked if the President may be setting a bad example on children who might hear his speeches, Panelo said the President "has set a good example by being a good leader".

Rappler added that Duterte has previously, without claiming to be joking, to the use of, an extremely addictive and risky opioid believed to have played a role in almost half the opioid overdose deaths in the United States in 2017.

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According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, democracy sometimes give voters a jocular leader. "That's part of what they want to do", she told reporters.

Sen. Grace Poe told ANC television she was "not surprised" at the President's latest remarks.

"He (the President) has too many obligations to fulfill".

Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros described the President's joke as "callous" and "cruel".

"I surrendered to the court this morning, went though the process of what a criminal would go through, and filed bail without surrendering my right to question the Pasig court's jurisdiction over this tax case", she said. "I can't take it", he added. Duterte had even publicly proclaimed during his election campaign that he would kill those involved in the drug trade: "If I make it to the presidential palace I will do just what I did as mayor".

Like Alejano, a group of mental health advocates also criticized the President for not helping solve the country's substance abuse problem. Marijuana use is illegal in the Philippines.

Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano 3rd in 2014 filed House Bill 4477 (Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act), which aims to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. If the audience is laughing, you are joking. "If you're poor, you get killed or jailed", Naguit said.

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