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Philippines: Duterte vows alcohol crackdown, re-introduction of death penalty

  1. Phenoxide
    Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill.

    The controversial policies are the latest in a series from the soon-to-be leader, including bans on alcohol and smoking and a curfew for children.

    He has also promised to turn the presidential palace into a hospital.

    Mr Duterte was nicknamed "The Punisher" for his record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern town of Davao. More than 1,000 criminals were killed by security forces in Davao during Mr Duterte's stewardship.

    Speaking at a press conference in the town, Mr Duterte, 71, said: "What I will do is to urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging."

    He said permission to shoot to kill would be given for organised crime figures and people resisting arrest.

    Mr Duterte courted controversy throughout his election campaign, threatening to kill drug dealers and dump them in Manila Bay.

    He vowed to give himself and members of the security forces immunity from prosecution after leaving office, saying: "Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed Rodrigo Duterte."

    Last month a video emerged showing the candidate joking about a Australian woman who was raped and murdered in Davao while he was mayor, saying she was so beautiful "the mayor should have been first".

    In 2015, Human Rights Watch described Mr Duterte as the "death squad mayor" for his strong-arm tactics in Davao.

    BBC News
    15th May 2016
    Image: Reuters


  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Yes, yes. I've seen this crazy man offering his sexual prowess over a loudspeaker to a roomful of brides at a state wedding, right in front of the grooms on their arms. Like he's some kind of gift to the brides, on their wedding night, he says (Vice New/HBO). What a creepy, scary, psycho.

    This makes for a very dangerous situation, with yet another self-deluded, self-appointed King sitting in the power-seat of another of the countries with a long history of uprisings, militarism and mass deaths that it is imperative stay stable to help the world stay safe.

    Great article. Thanks, Phenoxide :)
  2. Alfa
    He is effectively downgrading a very popular vacation destination to somewhere down the ranks of South Korea.
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    Yes, I hear that it's beautiful. Like the Puerto Rico of Europe, as Americans would picture it (except Puerto Rico without the war).

    So then, the political nightmare scenario of the near future could boil down to Kim Jong-un (N. Korea), Rodrigo Duterte (the Philippines), Vladimir Putin (Russia) and Donald Trump (US) all being active, hair-triggered tempered, major players on the world stage from 2017 forward.

    And not a stable mind between them.

    I cannot even imagine what disasters could await us, if Donald Trump does gets the presidency. If those four wooden-headed people from key countries all start getting testy and develop twitchy nuclear button-fingers at the same time they'll be little the rest of the world can do except hope, wait and watch.
  4. Kremmen13
    Beenthere2Hippie, don't forget Boris Johnson becoming UK PM.
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