Newly elected Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is at it again with his strong claims on casual killing.
The colorful Filipino politician has already made news after different statements against Pope Francis, women whistling, and murder. This time, President Duterte is calling out to the Filipino public to join him in his crusade by giving them permission to kill drug addicts.
According to The Guardian, the 71-year-old president spoke in front of a crowd of about 500 people in a Manila slum area to talk about drug trafficking. Though the topic might have been a good start of conversation for change, President Duterte explored a different approach to stop the issue.
President Duterte threatened the poor community that if they decide to join any drug-related activities, he will kill them himself.
“These sons of whores are destroying our children. I warn you, don’t go into that, even if you’re a policeman, because I will really kill you.”
Duterte did not stop by advising the public of his plans for mass murder. He also called out to every civilian in the audience to kill any drug addicts they know. He basically gave them permission to do the murder themselves.
“If you know of any addictcs, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
Just yesterday, July 1, Getty Images captured a very graphic photo of a dead body of a suspected drug dealer who was left lying on the ground with a placard saying, “I’m a Drug Lord.” This happened right after the president announced the killing spree to the public.
Strict Measures: Are They Moral?
The majority of the Filipino public are not astounded by President Duterte’s call to action. Even before he got elected, supporters have been lauding him for his actionable plans for crime in the Philippines.
President Duterte has already implemented curfews all over Manila. Minors were immediately taken to jail when the patrol started rolling in. When Duterte’s supporters saw this, they praised the president for keeping his word. However, the parents of the jailed minors were angered about the treatment they have shown to the children.
Fear is Duterte’s leadership style. However, people are asking if his implementation is even moral.
“The problems that bedevil our country today which need to be addressed with urgency are corruption, both in the high and low echelons in government, criminality in the streets and the rampant sale of illegal drugs in all strata of Philippine society and the breakdown of law and order.”
His intentions could have been well-welcomed by everyone if he did not advocate for punishment without just proceedings. Now, everyone in the Philippines would have the “right to kill,” according to their president.
Duterte might have been fulfilling his promises because during his campaign; he already gave the public a heads up that there will be about 100,000 people dead during his crackdown. He added that the bodies would be so many that Manila Bay’s fish would grow fat from feeding from the remains.
According to rights groups in Davao, President Duterte is linked to different vigilante death squads in Davao City and the squads have allegedly killed more than 1,000 people.
To know more about the candid President Rodrigo Duterte, watch John Oliver’s take on him:
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