It has been a busy week for the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been criticized for his anti-Muslim rhetoric, the crackdown on dissent and his aggressive pursuit of power by the military.
On Monday, he announced that he would suspend immigration for all refugees for five years and for Filipinos born in the country since the 1990s.
Duterte’s crackdown on the press has led to the resignation of journalists and other media personalities and sparked outrage from human rights groups.
But, unlike his predecessors, Duterte seems to be sticking to his guns, telling a crowd in the capital of Davao City that the military is “not the enemy” and has been working in good faith to fight terrorism.
“We are a great nation and a great country.
We are a nation of laws,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
“They will be a nation to fight and kill terrorists and terrorists, but not to destroy our country, our nation.”
The Philippines is one of the most populous countries in the world.
According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, there are over 7,000,000 registered refugees in the United States, nearly 1.5 million in the U