Philippines President Duterte admitted killing suspected criminals

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So this happened the other day. It's really hard to fathom in 2016 there are presidents in the world who openly admit to personally killing suspects in a manner similar to how a serial killer might think. And it's no big deal!

"In Davao, I used to do it personally. Just to show the guys that, if I can do it, why can't you?" Duterte said.

"And (I'd) go around Davao with a motorcycle, with a big bike around and I would just patrol the streets and looking for trouble also. I was really looking for an encounter so I could kill."

His "war on drugs" has seen more than 5,900 deaths in less than six months, although many suspect the numbers are much higher due to the difficulty in accurately proving how many have been murdered. here is a CNN article for the source of the quote above, although it's been reported all over the net.



Here we can go in-depth with a photographer who has been documenting what he has been seeing:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...-duterte-philippines-drugs-killings.html?_r=0

What you will see is astonishing. Not only suspected drug dealers but suspected drug users are being murdered, sanctioned by the state. Duterte is on record recently stating “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”
 
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From the link I posted above regarding the photographer (amazing work he's done, Pulitzer Prize for sure):

I HAVE WORKED IN 60 COUNTRIES, covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and spent much of 2014 living inside West Africa’s Ebola zone, a place gripped by fear and death. What I experienced in the Philippines felt like a new level of ruthlessness: police officers’ summarily shooting anyone suspected of dealing or even using drugs, vigilantes’ taking seriously Mr. Duterte’s call to “slaughter them all.”

He said in October, “You can expect 20,000 or 30,000 more.”

On Saturday, Mr. Duterte said that, in a telephone call the day before, President-elect Donald J. Trump had endorsed the brutal antidrug campaign and invited him to visit New York and Washington. “He said that, well, we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Mr. Duterte said in a summary of the call released by his office.

Beyond those killed in official drug operations, the Philippine National Police have counted more than 3,500 unsolved homicides since July 1, turning much of the country into a macabre house of mourning.



More than 35,600 people have been arrested in antidrug operations the government calls Project Tokhang. The name is derived from a phrase meaning “knock and plead” in Cebuano, Mr. Duterte’s first language.

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Government forces have gone door to door to more than 3.57 million residences, according to the police. More than 727,600 drug users and 56,500 pushers have surrendered so far, the police say, overcrowding prisons. At the Quezon City Jail, shown in the middle photo below, inmates take turns sleeping in any available space, including a basketball court.




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Erika Angel Fernandez, 17, was one of three women among the 57 victims I photographed. She was killed alongside her boyfriend, Jericho Camitan, 23.

The police report said, “Suspect Cruz ran inside the house then pulled a firearm and successively shot the lawmen, prompting the same to return fire in order to prevent and repel Cruz’s unlawful aggression.”

His wife, Rita, told me, between pained cries, that Mr. Cruz had been fixing a transistor radio for his 71-year-old mother in the living room when armed men barged in and shot him dead.

The family said Mr. Cruz was not a drug dealer, only a user of shabu, as Filipinos call methamphetamine. He had surrendered months earlier, responding to Mr. Duterte’s call, for what was supposed to be a drug-treatment program. The police came for him anyway.

AS MY TIME IN THE PHILIPPINES WORE ON, the killings seemed to become more brazen. Police officers appeared to do little to hide their involvement in what were essentially extrajudicial executions. Nanlaban had become a dark joke.

“There is a new way of dying in the Philippines,” said Redentor C. Ulsano, the police superintendent in the Tondo district. He smiled and held his wrists together in front of him, pretending to be handcuffed.


Stacked like firewood
Bodies were stacked up at a funeral parlor as the families of victims like Danilo Deparine, whose body lay on a metal stretcher on the floor, struggle to pay for burial.


A threatening message

This unidentified body, like many others, was found with his head wrapped in packing tape, his hands tied behind his back and a cardboard sign that read, “A pusher who won’t stop will have his life ended.”




 
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Is there something wrong with sociopaths and psychopaths? They are but a product of their respective environments.
Yes, yes there is. They become disconnected with reality. For example, while waging war on drugs, Duterte himself is addicted fentanyl. He's getting high as fuck every day while "drug addicts" are being slaughtered in the streets. The reality of him being a drug addict doesn't apply, it's not the same in his mind. After admitting he is abused pain killers, after receiving backlash, he comes out and denies it saying, “Fools, I just made up that story and you believed it.” It's like the right ring conservative who opposes gay marriage but is gay on the d/l. Or Hitler being part Jewish and wiping out that part of his families history.
 
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Damn that's insane.
Crazier is he has about an 80℅ approval rating. Philippines is obviously poor and crime and drugs are a major problem, as is corruption. People want change. They want the drug problem to be addressed. We're not talking about normal drugs that we have in the US, for the most part are drugs are clean. There, they have something similar to meth but has all types of shit in it, the quality of drugs is horrendous, so lots of ODs, lots of terrible problems. For many people, he is doing something about crime and drugs and that something, even if it means murdering people, is a positive since it's at least something.

That's probably the craziest thing about all this - he had the support of the people. At least for now.
 
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Crazier is he has about an 80℅ approval rating. Philippines is obviously poor and crime and drugs are a major problem, as is corruption. People want change. They want the drug problem to be addressed. We're not talking about normal drugs that we have in the US, for the most part are drugs are clean. There, they have something similar to meth but has all types of shit in it, the quality of drugs is horrendous, so lots of ODs, lots of terrible problems. For many people, he is doing something about crime and drugs and that something, even if it means murdering people, is a positive since it's at least something.

That's probably the craziest thing about all this - he had the support of the people. At least for now.
Do you think people agree with him because they're are scared to oppose him?

I wonder when their next election is going to be.
 
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Yes, yes there is. They become disconnected with reality. For example, while waging war on drugs, Duterte himself is addicted fentanyl. He's getting high as fuck every day while "drug addicts" are being slaughtered in the streets. The reality of him being a drug addict doesn't apply, it's not the same in his mind. After admitting he is abused pain killers, after receiving backlash, he comes out and denies it saying, “Fools, I just made up that story and you believed it.” It's like the right ring conservative who opposes gay marriage but is gay on the d/l. Or Hitler being part Jewish and wiping out that part of his families history.
I can see your opinion, but the following also comes to mind:

"The source of all evil is in the very substance of man. To extirpate this evil we must neutralize not only the instincts inherited from our animal ancestors, but the superstitions transmitted by our human ancestors, the excrescences of an uncontrolled mental activity, of misguided ambitions, and replace them with the sense of human dignity." -Pierre Lecomte du Noüy

Ironically, the term human dignity:

'The Catechism of the Catholic Church insists the "dignity of the human person is rooted in his or her creation in the image and likeness of God." "All human beings," says the Church, "in as much as they are created in the image of God, have the dignity of a person."'

We humans obviously do not all evolve the same. Therefore, is it not unreasonable, in certain terms, to rail against socio and psychopaths respectively, just as it would be to rail against the existence of addicts, gays, and Jews? Hypocrisy is relative to the human existence.