Philippines president says children killed in his brutal drug war are ‘collateral damage’

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Philippines president says children killed in his brutal drug war are

A police officer stands guard on top of a Mosque during a police operation against illegal drugs EPA

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has said that innocent people and children killed by police and death squads are just ‘collateral damage’ – and an inevitable part of his ‘war on drugs’.

In an interview with al-Jazeera, Duterte said, ‘When you bomb a village you intend to kill the militants but you kill the children there … Why do you say it is collateral damage to the west and to us it is murder?’

Duterte said that casualties were inevitable because the police used automatic weapons.

He said, ‘With the policeman and the M16, it’s one burst, brrr, and he hits 1,000 people there and they die. It could not be negligence because you have to save your life. It could not be recklessness because you have to defend yourself.

Relatives grieve near the dead body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila on September 25, 2016. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told all his critics to

Relatives grieve near the dead body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila (Picture: Getty Images)

In this July 23, 2016 photo, the body of alleged drug user and pusher Michael Siaron, brightened by TV spot light, lies on the road after he was killed by unknown men at an intersection in Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stirred a hornet

The body of alleged drug user and pusher Michael Siaron (Picture: AP)

A body of an alleged drug dealer lies on the ground gunned down by an unidentified killer in Manila on September 25, 2016. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told all his critics to

Drug dealer gunned down by an unidentified killer in Manila (Picture: Getty Images)

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3,800 have been killed since the war on drugs started (Picture: AP)

Duterte’s crackdown on drugs has resulted in more than 3,800 deaths since he came to power on June 30.

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The high toll and mysterious circumstances of many killings have alarmed the US and the UN.

 

Filipino youths and supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte display placards as they gather for a rally near the Presidential Palace to mark Duterte

Filipino youths and supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte mark his first 100 days in office (Picture: AP)

In this Friday Sept. 12, 2016 photo, relatives and friends grieve at the funeral of an alleged drug suspect Robert Manuel Jr. at the Manila

Relatives and friends grieve at the funeral of an alleged drug suspect Robert Manuel Jr (Picture: AP)

In this Tuesday Oct.4, 2016 photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte addresses army troopers during his visit to its headquarters in suburban Taguig city east of Manila, Philippines. In just 100 days in office, President Duterte has stirred a hornet

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to break ties with the US (Picture: AP)