Duterte to critics over Lumad bomb threat: Hindi ko sinabing patayin ko mga bata

President Rodrigo Duterte explained his threat to launch bombs in to tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would only apply when the buildings are not occupied after receiving criticisms from people.

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In an interview with reporters in Negros Oriental, the President reiterated he pointed out the schools without permits to be destroyed.

"Dito sa Pilipinas may batas. Bago ka magbukas ng eskwelahan, you have to have the necessary clearances and everything from government. You are using a building there," Duterte stressed.

He added that he did not say he will kill the students who are attending in those tribal schools.

"Hindi ko sinabi patayin ko yung mga bata. Far from it actually. Librehin ko ang bata sa perdition ninyo becasue they will learn to be pareho sa inyo."

The president threatened to destroy tribal schools without permit for teaching children to hate the government.

"Sisirain  ko yan kasi ginagamit ninyong eskwelahan para to destroy the mental attitude, the mental health, of the children," he emphasized.

After his second State of the Nation Address last July 24, Duterte in a press conference accused lumad schools of having ties with the communists.

"Iyong mga Lumad, they are operating without the DepEd's permit. Kasi eskwelahan sila, but they are teaching subversion, communism," said Duterte.

Source: PhilStarPolitics