During a public speech, Philippine President Duterte has given police forces permission to kill “idiots” who oppose arrest
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to kill “idiots” trying to withstand arrest.
The Philippine leader, instead of seducing controversy, put gas on fire after protests that inflicted the country last days after a teenager’s death during a detention. Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17, was killed by three police officers on August 16 at Caloocan. Although the cops claimed to have acted out of self-defense, a surveillance camera and eyewitnesses revealed that the young man, when he was killed, was kneeling with his face down.
The explosion of violence has been attributed to the real “war” sparked by the president against the organized crime aimed at defeating drug trafficking in the country. Many world institutions are worried that the police of the Philippines are regularly organizing extrajudicial killings amid the disputed war against drugs initiated by the president, taking bribes to commit murders and other several serious crimes, especially against the most disadvantaged sections of society.
Since Duterte has settled on June 30, 2016, it is estimated that more than 7,000 people have been killed because of his hard punishment policy. Thus, on August 26, at the funeral of the 17-year-old, thousands of people went down the street to protest against the campaign of the president and to call for the end of the violence, which has already been fiercely criticized by the international community.
But far from taking a step back in his speech at the National Hero Day, Duterte reminded the police that they should follow the law and that “murder, manslaughter
or arbitrary death are not allowed.” However, he also added that “when you are in service, if your life is in danger and you are doing your duty, you must overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting.”
“If a person resists and is violent, you are free to kill that idiot, this is my order,” the Filipino leader told the police and the local security forces during his speech. Public permission to kill the “idiots” opposing the arrest came a few hours before Duterte met the parents of the young man killed.