President Rodrigo Duterte does not mince words. During the election campaign, he admits to womanizing and proud of it too. Worse, he cracks inappropriate jokes. But what is chilling is that he said by the time his term ends in six years, 100,000 people will be dead. Are you in favor of Duterte extrajudicial killings?
Duterte Extrajudicial Killings
It’s hard to fathom the sheer number of people President Duterte threatens to kill. Even if they are drug lords and drug pushers, rapists and murderers, they deserve due process.
But the reality is this.
People in the Philippines know the existence of vigilantes in Davao City. For years, though, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) could not prove it in the court of law. The extrajudicial killings debate in the senate and congress has lead nowhere.
Since he was sworn in as the new president of the Philippines last June 30, there has been killings. As of the time of this posting, more than 200 drug personalities are dead. 60 plus of them were executions carried out by suspected vigilantes. The others killed in police operations.
Horrible, isn’t it? But where are the noises? It seems to me that only a few people have spoken against Duterte extrajudicial killings. Sure, there were calls by rights activists to end the brutal executions. But where are the mass protests to stop extrajudicial killings?
Is it because there are more people who say yes to extrajudicial killings? Have the horrific and heinous crimes committed by drug addicts led to a consensus that it is okay? Have the Filipino people lost hope in the judicial system?
On the plus side, over 60,000 drug users and pushers have surrendered to the local authorities.
Will the Drug Lords Strike Back?
It has been three weeks and I wonder. Will the drug lords strike back? There is so much money at stake and they have the means to do so.
Will violence escalate?
In the last weeks, it is becoming normal to see news reports of vigilante killings. Images of bodies, tied up and taped, with a message that says, “I am a drug pusher. Do not emulate me.”
Who are these vigilantes? The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) denies it’s them. They have evidence that drug syndicates are the ones doing the killings. The victims are either those who did not remit money or those who know too much.
A common theory is that there are policemen involved in Duterte extrajudicial killings. It’s not actually carrying out street justice, though. These are nothing more than murders carried out so that the victims could not point fingers. In other words, policemen who are drug protectors are cleaning up.
Yes or No to Duterte Extrajudicial Killings?
Duterte won the election by a landslide. He made only a few campaign promises. It is reasonable to say that most people believe he is a man capable of backing up his words with action.
After all, he has proven that as the mayor of Davao City.
During the campaign, he said funeral parlors would be a good business to get into if he wins.
We see killings daily.
Are these killings justified?
Do you think President Duterte ordered these brutal murders?
Are you saying yes to extrajudicial killings?
What’s your reaction to the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines?