“If you know of any drug addicts, go ahead and kill them” Philippines new President declares war on drug cartel

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New Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte,
who recently declared “a bloody war” on drug
cartels, has called on willing Filipinos to “go
ahead and kill” drug addicts, amid concerns
that “getting their parents to do it would be
too painful.”
The 71-year-old president, who said during his
campaign that some 100,000 criminals would
die in his crackdown, their bodies dumped in
Manila Bay, has been conspicuously deaf to
criticism that he was promoting a culture of
After taking his oath inside the Malacanang
presidential palace, Duterte continued his
defiance and threats against drug traffickers in
front of a crowd of some 500 people gathered
in a Manila slum Thursday night.
“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,” the outspoken Philippines leader told
the crowd, AFP reported
If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill
them yourself as getting their parents to do it
would be too painful,” he added, noting that
setting up funeral parlors would help earn
some money.
“I assure you [that] you won’t go bankrupt. If
your business slows I will tell the police, ‘Do it
faster to help the people earn money.'”
During his speech, Duterte said that some of
the major problems Philippines is facing,
includes, “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 Philippines society and the
breakdown of law and order.”
He warned that his fight against crime would
be “relentless and sustained,” pledging that it
will remain within the boundaries of the law.
“As a lawyer and former prosecutor, I know
the limits of the power and authority of the
president. I know what is legal and what is not.
My adherence to due process and rule of law
is uncompromising,” Duterte vowed.
According to Manila Bulletin, local drug lords
had they raised the bounty they had put on
the president. Over $1 million has now been
promised for the assassination of the new
Duterte, however is not deterred as he in turn
offered a reward of 5 million pesos ($108,000)
for a drug lord “if he is dead,” urging the
public to join his far-reaching anti-crime fight.
Source: AFP./RT.com/Manila Bulletin

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