During a state banquet hosted for him at Malacañang on Wednesday, Sirisena said Sri Lanka should follow Duterte’s crackdown on narcotics to address its drug problem.
“Excellency, the war against crime and drugs carried out by you is an example to the whole world, and personally to me,” the Sri Lankan leader, who is in the country for a five-day state visit, said.
“Drug menace is rampant in my country and I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,” he added.
Duterte’s drug war, which has left more than 5,000 drug suspects dead, has been criticized by human rights groups here and abroad for supposedly encouraging extrajudicial killings.
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