Friday, September 30, 2016

An odd way to keep the peace

Rodrigo Duerte was elected president of the Philippines in May. He has a strange idea as to how to keep the peace. In 2009, when he was mayor of a major city, he said: "If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination." He publicly encouraged civilians to kill addicts and said he will not prosecute police for extrajudicial executions. He has kept his promise as more than 3,500 alleged drug dealers and addicts have been killed, about a third of them in police operations but the majority by armed vigilante militias.  

His most recent comment, “Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

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