Philippines President admits to personally killing suspected criminals

Philippines President admits to personally killing suspected criminals

Philippines President admits to personally killing suspected criminals

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2016 | 2:06 pm

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly admitted that he has personally killed suspected criminals during his tenure as mayor of Davao.

Duterte has been plagued with controversy ever since his appointment in June because of his brutal crackdown on drugs and crime and subsequent encouragement of “death squads”and vigilante behavior in aid of his cause.

duterte4Over 3,800 people have been killed in vigilante-style killings since Duterte was appointed President and his harsh
ideology on extermination without a legal trial has shocked the international community. In September, Duterte was
quoted as saying “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts… I’d be happy to slaughter
them”.

duterte3On the topic of minors and innocents being caught in the crossfire between police and suspected criminals, Duterte
called them “collateral damage”and indicated that police can kill hundreds of civillians without being criminally liable while they are in pursuit of suspected criminals. He went on to justify his actions saying that “In my country there is no law that says I cannot threaten criminals”.

He added “I do not care what the human rights guys say. I have a duty to preserve the generation. If it involves human rights, I don’t give a shit. I have to strike fear.”

duterte2While he had previously denied the claims, Duterte recently admitted at the Wallace Business Forum in Manila thathe had been personally involved in the murder  of criminal suspects while he was mayor of Davao. He says that he
patrolled the streets on a bike, gun in hand and went “looking for trouble” so that he could confront and kill them.

“In Davao I used to do it personally. Just to show to the guys [the police] that if I can do it, why can’t you,” Duterte said.

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