Duterte to Congress and CHR: 'I know the limits of the power and authority of the President'


Newly sworn-in President Rodrigo Duterte during his inauguration speech asked the Congress and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to mind their work as he mind his and said he knows the limit of the Chief Executive's powers.

Duterte said 16 million people voted him to become the president of the Philippines and he pledged to fulfill his duty for the benefit of the Filipinos.

"I ask Congress and the Commission on Human Rights and the others who are similarly situated to allow us a level of governance that is consistent to our mandate. The fight will be relentless and it will be sustained," Duterte said.

"As a lawyer and a former prosecutor, I know the limits of the power and authority of the President. I know what is legal and what is not," he added.

"My adherence to the due process and the rule of law is uncompromising. You mind your work and I will mind mine," Duterte said.

Duterte have already an issue with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for the reimposition of death penalty. He said that he seen how the illegal drugs harmed the victims or innocent people.

"I know that there are those who do not approve my methods of fighting criminality, the sale and use of illegal drugs, and corruption. They say that my methods are unorthodox and verged on the illegal," Duterte said.

"In response, let me say this: I have seen how corruption bled the governmental funds which were allocated in uplifting the poor for the mire they are in. I have seen drugs destroy individuals and ruin family relationships," he added.

"I have seen how criminality by means all foul snatched from the innocent and the unsuspecting the years and years of accummulated savings, years of toil and then suddenly we are back to where these started," Duterte said.

"Look at this from that perspective and tell me that I am wrong," he added.

Duterte since his campaign expressed how much he distaste the illegal drugs and said he will do accordingly to stop criminality in the country.

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