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04/12/2018

Philippines's Duterte Says He Was Just Kidding When He Said He Smoked Pot

It was just a joke, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said after telling an official gathering in Manila that he takes marijuana.Duterte, who's presiding over a war against illegal drugs that has killed thousands, said in a speech to honor government officials involved in organizing Asean meetings that the tight schedule of international gatherings was a "killing activity.""I had to take marijuana to stay awake," he said in the local language, putting his right thumb and forefinger near his mouth. He skipped several events at the Asean summit in Singapore to take naps.Duterte said he wasn't alone, as other leaders were...


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