“Trump of the East” Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as the president of Philippines and started his reign by once again promising bloody murder. But this time, he wants the public to become part of the action as well.
Following his calculated inaugural address in front of a small audience inside the presidential palace, Duterte visited the slums of Manila and urged the public to join him in his crusade to eliminate drugs from the streets.
Not only did Duterte threaten the public with mass murder, he also alleged police officers were involved with drug cartels.
“These sons of wh**** are destroying our children. I warn you, don’t go into that, even if you’re a policeman, because I will really kill you,” the newly inaugurated president announced to a crowd of 500.
But he didn’t just stop there. The controversial president also gave the green light to every civilian to personally kill anyone they suspected of using drugs.
“If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful,” Duterte said.
Of course, the unlawful carnage would result in a considerable number of dead bodies, so the considerate president also advised the residents to set up funeral homes and assured them they would profit from the venture.
“I assure you, you won’t go bankrupt. If your business slows I will tell the police, ‘Do it faster to help the people earn money.’”’
The Philippine citizens are probably used to Duterte’s appalling statements by now. Even before he got elected, Duterte had joked about pardoning himself and his soldiers for murder. He also bragged about his notorious so-called vigilante group (which mostly comprised of teenagers of questionable morals) for killing 1,700 suspects while he was mayor in the southern city of Davao.
Duterte has already imposed curfews all over Manila in a crackdown dubbed “Oplan Rody.” Inebriated people and even small children have been spirited away to prisons, once his nocturnal patrol started rolling in. Supporters have lauded Duterte for keeping his word but parents of minors are infuriated by the ill treatment meted out to their children.
Duterte’s vow to purge the streets of drugs would have been well-received if he advocated for punishment with fair proceeding. Thanks to this new announcement, now everyone in Philippines will have the license to kill, calling into question the shocking amount of abuse of power this could lead to.