Philippine President – Shoot Drug Dealers and “I’ll give you a medal”

By Faye Higbee

Philippine President – Shoot Drug Dealers and “I’ll give you a medal”

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wants his citizens to help him fight crime. But his method is somewhat unusual, as he told them at a celebration in Davao on Saturday to take out the drug dealers by shooting them, and he’d “give you a medal.”

President Duterte was elected last month on a platform that promised to end crime in the Philippines within 6 months of his Presidency. He has created heavy bounties on drug dealers, and urged  citizens to take back their streets, and shoot them if they resist arrest in their neighborhoods.

He begins his term on June 30.

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Philippine President-elect, Rodrigo Duterte

The  iron-fisted Duterte

Fox reported,

Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, “you can kill him,” Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”…

…Duterte has been suspected of playing a role in many killings of suspected criminals in his city by motorcycle-riding assassins known as the “Davao death squads,” but human rights watchdogs say he has not been criminally charged because nobody has dared to testify against him in court

In his speech on Saturday, Duterte also asked three police generals based in the main national police camp in the capital to resign for involvement in crimes that he did not specify. He threatened to humiliate them in public if they did not quit and said he would order a review of dismissed criminal cases of active policemen, suggesting some may have bribed their way back onto the force.

Human Rights groups are concerned – ok freaked out- over Duterte’s win in the election. They are worried about major human rights violations, particularly after his speech on Saturday.

Fixing Crime in the Philippines? Or making it worse

Crime overall in the Philippines was up by 46%  over the first 6 months last year, but rose 300% over a 2 year period between 2012-2014. People were fed up, and wanted something done.

Enter 71 year old Duterte, the former Mayor for the city of Davao, and once a federal prosecutor. Under his “iron-fisted” watch, the city earned the title of the 9th safest city in the world in 2015. The city also had a “state of the art” crime response center.

Duterte suggested a higher wage for policemen because then they wouldn’t be as tempted to get into the drug trade. Extreme need he seems to understand. But he said if  an officer breaks the law out of “extreme greed,” he’ll have them killed.

“If you’re still into drugs, I will kill you, don’t take this as a joke. I’m not trying to make you laugh, son of a bitch, I will really kill you.” Rodrigo Duterte