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Duterte vows won’t repeat mistakes of ex-president of Colombia

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 05:04 PM February 10, 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte assured on Friday he would not repeat the mistakes of ex-Colombian President Cesar Gaviria in his brutal war on drugs as he stepped up his attacks against the former leader.

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“Itong ex-president ng Colombia, sabi niya (The ex-president of Colombia said), ‘Duterte is committing the same mistakes.’ We can never [make] the same mistake because I am not [as] stupid as you are,” Duterte said in a speech in a business forum in Davao City.

“That (mistake) is only possible, Mr. ex-President, if I am stupid as you,” he added.

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Duterte earlier called Gaviria an “idiot” for telling him that the war on drugs could not be won by the police and the military alone.

READ: Ex-president of Colombia an idiot – Duterte

In a New York Times opinion column, Gaviria told Duterte that “the drug menace cannot be solved by the ‘heavy-handed’ approach of killing drug addicts.” RAM/rga

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