Sri Lankan President Admires Duterte’s Drug War: I feel we should follow Duterte's footsteps - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, January 16, 2019



Sri Lankan President Admires Duterte’s Drug War: I feel we should follow Duterte's footsteps




Sri Lankan President Expressed Admiration To Duterte’s Drug War: "The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to whole world”

Duterte’s drug war has been widely recognized by various state leaders, particularly the tough ones. They find such advocacy as effective in cutting out the rampant drug trade.


Admiration to Duterte 

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his admiration to Duterte on his speech in a state banquet during his state visit on Wednesday. He particularly admires how Duterte handles the drug war in which he sees fit as a solution to unbridled drug trade in his country. He says,

"The war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to whole world and, personally, to me. The drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard."

A Potential Partner 

Before the bilateral meeting with the Sri Lankan president, Duterte declares that Sri Lanka could be a potential partner in addressing the illegal drugs trafficking.

Duterte has been very vocal about his advocacy to fully stop and cleanse the country from illegal drug use even before the presidency. The fight is ugly and messy, where thousands were killed during police operations. It even became a disturbing issue for those who oppose such an order called “Tokhang.” Labeled EJK has reached the international community’s attention and has been a subject for debates.


Tokhang 

On the other hand, thousands of individuals apprehended for drugs were put to rehabilitation prepared by the government. According to the government, 4,000 were killed during the operation however human rights groups declared 12,000 casualties.

President Sirisena 

Sirisena arrived last Tuesday and will be in the country until 19th. He is scheduled to visit the International Rice Research Institute in Laguna and Asian Development Bank (ADB). On his arrival to Palace, he signed and wrote in the official guest book,

“This historic state visit would lead to stronger bonds of friendship, enhance mutual understanding and reinvigorate cooperation for the benefit of our two peoples.”