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Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizens

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    One of the strongest American allies in Southeast Asia has embarked on a campaign of mass murder on its own citizens, at the behest of its president.

    President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines—designated a “Major Non-NATO Ally” by the U.S. State Department—is pushing an anti-drug campaign that includes encouraging law enforcement and even civilians to kill drug users and dealers on the spot. And he will pardon anyone who takes part in the killings.

    In Duterte’s July 25 State of the Nation address he said, “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.” During the election campaign earlier this year, Duterte estimated 100,000 people would be murdered during his campaign, and fish would grow fat from feeding on bodies dumped in Manila Bay. This reign of terror has already seen more than 400 people summarily executed by police and others since May. Bodies are being found with cardboard placards saying, “I am a drug pusher” or “I am a drug addict.” Relatives and village residents are pictured weeping from the violent loss of their loved ones.

    Police plan to proudly display their “success” by erecting a billboard outside their Manila headquarters to keep track of all the drug-related executions. 60,000 Filipinos have turned themselves in as Duterte began the campaign, hoping to avoid death by submitting to the harsh Filipino penal system. This is no guarantee of life, however, as there have been reports of suspects being killed inside police stations after being arrested.

    Duterte is not swayed by criticism from human rights advocates, vowing instead to “retire with the reputation of Idi Amin,” a brutal African ruler who tens of thousands of Ugandans in during his eight-year reign in the 1970s.

    “Why will I give you a (due) process?” said Duterte. “I am the president. I don’t give you [due] process.”

    There is no indication that U.S. diplomats are attempting to dissuade the maniacal president, and the silence from American mainstream media is deafening. Since 9/11, the U.S. has renewed a strong partnership with the Philippines as part of the “war on terror,” and U.S. once again has a military presence there.

    The U.S., which maintains a strong military presence in the region and has indicated a “pivot to Asia” coming soon, has enlisted the Philippines in its standoff with China. An international court case was brought by the Philippines against China regarding a territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, and the court recently ruled against China’s claim.

    China rejected the ruling, as expected, and continues to develop the area with military installations. Beijing is also considering establishing an Air Defense Identification Zone, which would require all traffic to notify Beijing before entering the air space. This would be a major challenge to American military hegemony.

    Perhaps this has emboldened the Filipino president to ignore 21st century human rights and embark on a campaign of mass murder against people who use or sell substances deemed “illegal.” As we know, government prohibition of drugs creates the black market which fuels violence and health risks from unknown product sources. Decriminalizing drugs, as Portugal has demonstrated, is the answer to reducing addiction, reducing health risks and ending the violence of the drug trade.

    The International Commission of Jurists has reminded Duterte that “the Philippines had passed laws and signed international agreements binding it to work against police abuse, extra-judicial killings and the death penalty.” However, these words are falling on deaf ears as Duterte and his partners in terror continue the most brutal campaign against drugs the modern world has witnessed. 11 people are day are being summarily executed, and Duterte says “that is not enough.”

    Solicitor General Jose Calida pledged his support, saying, “’I am here to encourage the (police) not to be afraid of any congressional or senate investigations. We will defend them … I am the defender of the (police).”

    When authority is allowed to run amok in this manner, killing people at will with no due process, this thirst for blood and power does no go away.

    “I strongly suspect that Filipinos will come to regret their election of a president who expresses such contempt for basic principles of due process and human rights,’ said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “A government that condones extra-judicial killings of people who use or sell drugs will eventually turn its terror on others – it’s just a matter of time.”

    Black Listed/July 27, 2016
    Photo: chiangraitimes
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    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. TFrankle
    (Follow up to news post 4/7) Duterte accused of 'reign of terror' in Philippines

    [IMGR="black"]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=4072&pictureid=40588[/IMGR] 'Reign of terror': Fear in the Philippines as police embark on state-sanctioned 'killing spree'

    Key points:

    • Around 500 people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte declared war on crime
    • The policy is popular in the nation which has a major drug and crime problem
    • But the families of victims say police claims they were shot while resisting arrest don't stack up

    People in the slums of Manila are living in fear after new Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte called on police and vigilantes to kill drug suspects.

    The ABC recently spent five days in the Philippines, during which time around 50 suspects were killed, mostly while allegedly resisting arrest.

    In Tondo, a Manila slum, the ABC visited the family of one man who had been shot by police while in custody.

    Roland Resido was arrested at his home, then taken away in handcuffs. He was one of three suspects shot dead in custody by Tondo police on July 6.

    "We arrested three guys and brought them in to get tested," local police commander, Inspector Monico Aliado, told the ABC.

    "They grabbed an officer's gun. There wasn't anything our officers could do except defend themselves."

    Mr Resido's family disputes this version of events.

    "He was supposed to be taken to the precinct, and he went with them willingly," his widow Marissa Resido said.

    "I did not realise this is what they will do to him."

    Mr Resido's son, JR, said: "That is just a show that the police said that he fought them, so that's why they killed him.

    "He was in handcuffs. How can he fight when his hands were handcuffed?"

    'Police are on a killing spree'

    One month into Mr Duterte's six-year presidency, around 500 drug suspects have been executed. Police are responsible for many of the killings.

    One of the very few Filipinos prepared to speak out about the extra-judicial killings is Catholic priest Father Amado Picardal.

    "I think there is more to come, because the reign of terror has started. The police are on a killing spree, and so are the vigilante groups," he said.

    Father Picardal worked in Davao City, where human rights groups say about 1,300 criminal suspects were executed by police and death squads over 20 years.

    Father Picardal said the killing of suspects was "murder encouraged by the President".

    "My worst fears are being realised, but even I did not think it would begin so quickly," Father Picardal said.

    "The way I see it is that they want to make an example, so the addicts are so scared, so intimidated they go to surrender in groups. They have to do a lot of killings to convince others of what they are doing."

    Drug users pledge not to reoffend

    Tens of thousands of drug users have been forced to "surrender" to police at mass-pledging ceremonies where they promise to give up drugs.

    The ABC attended one event in a Manila slum where about 500 people suspected of using crystal methamphetamine — known in the Philippines as shabu — were forced to register as drug criminals and promise not to use again.

    Those who don't turn up are sought out in the slums by police and district officials and given final warnings.

    The ABC accompanied one patrol through Tondo, where users were visited at their homes. One man, who said he was a user who supported his habit by working as a "runner" for dealers, was told, "This is your warning, let's not wait for it to get worse."

    Users are expected to get clean on their own. In Manila the handful of rehab clinics are privately run and cost around $US1,000 a month for in-house treatment. Most Tondo residents earn less than $10 a day.

    'Kill him ... I'll give you a medal'

    There is no need to directly threaten Tondo's drug suspects with the prospect of being killed if they don't reform — the president is doing that himself at public events.

    "Rehab is no longer an option," Mr Duterte told a cheering audience in his home town of Davao City.

    "So those of you in your neighbourhood, feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have a gun. You have my support."

    In one rally, Mr Duterte told police in the crowd: "In an arrest, you must overcome the resistance of the criminal. You must really overcome it. And if he fights, and he fights to death, you can kill him ... Then I'll give you a medal."

    Adam Harvey
    ABC News Australia
  2. TFrankle
    Re: (Follow up to news post 4/7) Duterte accused of 'reign of terror' in Philippines

    What the actual fuck. This makes me sick.

    This just boils my blood. How dare they sanction murder as an appropriate response to drug use??

    (thanks mods, thanks again B2HT)
  3. Name goes here
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    And this is a dictator we have friendly relations with? That's fucking insane. I'm really without the words to explain my disgust with the whole situation.
  4. monkeyspanker
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    I'll second that :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

    The Philippines are not our friends, "We" love them because the US has had a strong military base on their soil for decades, nothing more!

    They've been murdering their own people for just as long. I my Book they are not so far removed from North Korea.

    Unfortunately, we need that military base in that area.
  5. devilgoose
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Our history in the Philippines goes way back to the Spanish-American war days. They have been a staunch ally ever since then... two hundred thousand Filipinos died fighting for the U.S. in World War II. They *love* the United States.

    Their current president may be a piece of shit, but comparing them to North Korea is just wrong.
  6. monkeyspanker
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Sorry devilgoose, we disagree yet again (I'm fine with that).

    A dictator is a dictator, right? I feel very sorry for anyone living in the Philippines right now. Very sad how they treat their people, boarderline third world country if not for the US helping them out. I'd love to hear how Clinton and Trump will address this issue if at all...
  7. devilgoose
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    It's not that we disagree, it's that you just completely ignored actual historical facts when forming your opinion on the Philippines.

    Duterte is not a dictator at all. He's the president. He was democratically elected in a landslide. It's important to remember that. This guy, advocating killing drug users, was elected by the people. He's popular. It's a scary lesson, and it's relevant to us.

    If a presidential candidate here in the U.S. started proposing killing drug users, what do you think would happen? You think he or she wouldn't get a surge of support from a whole bunch of authoritarian voters?
  8. Beenthere2Hippie
    Drug Suspect Death Toll Reaches 400 in the Philippines

    [IMGL=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51468&stc=1&d=1470249937[/IMGL]After winning presidential elections with a campaign promising to rid the country of drugs and corruption, Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte is standing true to his aim with over 400 dealers and others already having been killed by police. The state-sanctioned executions are facing widespread criticism from human rights activists.

    Over 300 anti-narcotics and human rights groups from around the world Tuesday called for the United Nations to denounce the killings being carried out by the police as well as vigilante groups, which have reportedly slaughtered hundreds more based on Duterte’s public calls to take action against drugs by taking the law into their own hands.

    The appeal was directed to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and came after a Philippine senator called for an investigation into the killings that Duterte has endorsed.

    In a speech before the Senate, former justice minister Leila de Lima said: “We cannot wage the war against drugs with blood. We will only be trading drug addiction with another more malevolent kind of addiction. This is the compulsion for more killing.”

    In a nationally televised speech in June, Duterte urged the citizens: “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support.”

    “You can kill him. Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal,” he added.

    The New York Times reported that according to national police logs, 114,833 people turned themselves in — as drug addicts or dealers — since Duterte took office, in the face of the killing spree.

    However, human rights groups and the families of those who died say that they were poor Filipinos, killed without an accusation or a trial. The Times reported Phelim Kine, a deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Asia, as saying, “These are not the wealthy and powerful drug lords who actually have meaningful control over supply of drugs on the streets in the Philippines.”

    The president has also accused five police generals of protecting drug lords, without any specific evidence. A mayor, the mayor’s son and a prominent businessman have also been accused of drug trafficking by Duterte who threatened their lives if they refused to surrender.

    ABS-CBN, one of the country’s top broadcasters, reported that 603 people had been killed since Duterte was elected, with 211 murdered by unidentified gunmen, according to the Agence France Presse.

    By Sheerat Chabba - IBT/Aug. 3, 2016
    Photo: Dondi Tawatao, Getty
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  9. Nosferatus
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    It's easy to criticize this kind of thing when the direct effects of crime where you live are a lot lower, for whatever reason he received enough support to get elected. I sort of think he's acting the way a lot of Western right wingers wish they could.
  10. gonzochef
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    I don't even know how to begin to explain the hate this breeds in me. This is intolerable. It pisses me off that this isn't all over the news, 24/7, until the killing stops. With practices like this there is no excuse to continue calling this president our ally. Where are the sanctions, the embargoes, where is the rest of the world screaming, "STOP!"?
    We have an obligation as humans to keep such things from happening. This is akin to genocide. We must take action.
  11. Nosferatus
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    ^^You can't save the world, hatred and violence have existed as long as people have.
  12. carter 1203
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    The fact that accused drug users and dealers aren't given due process is disturbing to me. I find it appalling that this president is giving his blessing for citizens to kill other citizens. What's to prevent someone from killing a person simply because they don't like them or quarreled? They could turn around and say, "He/she was on drugs and the law allows me to punish them." It's setting a dangerous precedent.
  13. TFrankle
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Jesus christ.

    Makes me think of the old saying that your mum would pull out "and if everyone else jumped of a bridge, would you do it too?"

    Violence and savagery are inherent in nature yes, and within us. But it's like anything else - sexism for example, or racism, or addiction - just because it's within us it doesn't mean we have to act on it - i.e. I know I've got racial and sexual bias in me. I can feel it driving my thoughts sometimes. So I have to work against that, keep reminding myself to recognise that bias and move past it. I don't always succeed.

    Likewise, we all have violence in us but we also have a universal understanding that to take another's life in cold-blood is taboo, and so we work against that violence, not shrug our shoulders and go "meh, that's life I guess".

    This monstrous cunt in the Philippines has told people he will give them a medal if they murder drug users. He was popularly elected but if you've ever spent time in the Philippines you'll know that they (by their own admission) are not on the whole a nation of critical, individualistic thinkers. They like being a part of the group and they are brought up to fear authority. The country's issues are due to decades of systematic corruption and neglect, not drugs, but that's a far too controversial thing to say over there.

    This scumbag is taking advantage of that and committing an atrocity in the process. Forget thsi being about the US and the Philippines, this is about the world and an arsehole. And this is about our fellow drug users, the community we spend long hours trying to rehumanise here in this forum, being gunned down for using. For using... He's saying it's more morally unacceptable to do drugs than to murder someone. I'm almost at a loss for words to express my fury.

    And to say "meh, violence has always happened" is not the application of logic or the voice of realism Nos, it's just mean-spirited, and immature. It's always happened, and people have always tried to prevent it.
  14. Nosferatus
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    ^^My point is that guys like this wouldn't rise to power without widespread public support, the public at large is ultimately responsible for what those in power do.
  15. Emilita
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Nosferatus that can't be your point of view?

    Just because one person comes to power doesn't ultimately mean that everyone is supportive of that decision, look at any president that has ever been nominated. There is always people who support and people who disagree with the views of the current president in power.
    No matter which way you look at it, the Philippines is a third world country that as previously mentioned has been brought up to fear power and authority.

    Just because the majority supports, doesn't mean all do. The Philippines has a torrid history of corruption and etc issues throughout its history
  16. gonzochef
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Just because the majority supports an idea doesn't mean the realization of that idea is right. Hitler was elected by popular vote, and the nationalist views held by many (not to mention the widely held belief that the Jews, among others, were to blame for their woes) allowed for fear and corruption and in the end mass genocide took place that many who originally were supportive of the administration realized what was happening was wrong. Also, a lot of people continued to believe it was right. Just because it's popular in no way makes it right. That is the biggest flaw in the democratic system. This horrible business in the Philippines is no different.
  17. Nosferatus
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Emilitia: It doesn't matter why they support him, the fact is they do, and everyone doesn't have to support a leader, just a majority.

    Gonzo: I agree with you, people's vote comes back and bites them in the ass all the time. Politicians invariably exploit popular attitudes to their own ends.
  18. gonzochef
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    My mother always says that we get the president we deserve. I always took it to mean that when it all goes wrong, it's our own fault for putting that jackass into office. This reminds me of that.
  19. perro-salchicha614
    Re: Okay to Murder Country's Drug Dealers, Duterte Tells Philippines' Police, Citizen

    Your mother's a smart woman. God, please tell me we don't deserve Trump.
  20. Beenthere2Hippie
    Duterte Accuses 150 Public Servants of Drug Involvement

    [IMGR=white]https://drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=51570&stc=1&d=1470592230[/IMGR]MANILA — The Philippines’ new president, Rodrigo Duterte, on Sunday publicly accused scores of judges, mayors, lawmakers, military personnel and police officers of involvement with the illegal drug trade, giving them 24 hours to surrender for investigation or, he said, be “hunted” down.

    Mr. Duterte rejected calls last week from international human rights groups to observe due process in the war he has declared on both sellers and users of illicit drugs, after a photograph of a drug user shot and killed by vigilantes made it to the front pages and became a symbol for the bloody antidrug campaign.

    “I ordered the listing, I ordered the validation,’’ he said Sunday in a nationally televised speech at a naval base, referring to the roughly 150 people he mentioned by name. “I’m the one reading it, and I am the sole person responsible for these all.”

    He said the accused “are hereby ordered relieved” of their duties, and he indicated that he was only fulfilling a campaign promise to be harsh. Some of those on his list are local politicians whom he said he knows personally. He also said that the officials and others on his list should no longer be permitted to have permits for guns and other weapons.

    “I’m ordering the national police chief to lift police supervision and cancel any and all private arms that are licensed to these mayors I mentioned,” he said. “They are all canceled. Go out naked to the world and show how crooked you are.”

    “All of you judges or whatever, you report to the Supreme Court,’’ Mr. Duterte added. ”Policemen, you report to the police chief. And army, to the chief of staff.”

    “You do not do that, I will order the armed forces of the Philippines and the entire P.N.P. to hunt for you,” he said, using the initials of the Philippine National Police.

    He did not say what evidence he had used as a basis for his accusations, acknowledging that “it might be true, it might not be true.” But in response to groups that had cautioned him not to trample on individuals’ rights, he said that if those he named should be charged in court, then they would receive due process.
    “Due process has nothing to do with my mouth,” Mr. Duterte said. “There are no proceedings here, no lawyers.”

    He said he wanted the Philippine people, especially those who had voted for him in May, to know what was happening in the country. And he insisted that he did not care what the people would say, daring politicians critical of him to remove him from office.

    “It’s very important for the people to know the state of things or conditions in this country,’’ he said. “That is my sworn duty.”

    The president contended, as he has before, that drug abuse and the drug trade were “pandemic’’ in the Philippines. The nation’s Drug Enforcement Agency, he said, had estimated that 3 percent of the population, or 3 million of the 100 million Filipinos, were addicted to drugs and that 92 percent of villages in metropolitan Manila had been “contaminated with drug use.”

    He also claimed that as many as 600,000 people were both using and selling drugs.

    He also promised police officers that he had their back if they faced human rights charges in connection with carrying out his antidrug campaign.

    Mr. Duterte recalled that when he was mayor of the southern city of Davao, his standing order to the police was to be quick on the draw and shoot suspects on sight. “I told police then that I will kick them if they are writhing in pain if I see them get shot,’’ he said. “Why were you beaten to the draw? That ain’t the way. Illegal? No, of course not.”

    In the month since Mr. Duterte took office, more than 400 people suspected of dealing drugs have been killed, either by the police or by vigilantes. About 600,000 people have surrendered to the police.

    In a statement issued after Mr. Duterte’s speech, Franklin M. Drilon, president pro tempore of the Senate, said, “I strongly support President Duterte’s antidrug campaign, but due process and the rule of law must be dutifully upheld.”

    “I urged the president that if there is evidence that these officials were involved in the drug trade, he should immediately charge them administratively or in court,’’ Mr. Drilon said. “There should be no shortcuts.”

    By Felipe Villamor - The NY Times/Aug. 7, 2016
    Photo: R. Christino, eu press
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