The Mad Butcher of the Philippines

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by Daniel Nardini

It sounds more like a poor script from a bad movie. The newly elected president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, had issued a kill order and a no-prisoners-taken order to all police and those civilians who “suspect” those who are drug users, drug mules and drug pushers. This kill policy absolves all police and civilians of any responsibility and will protect them from judicial review and lawsuits. Since this policy was enacted, over 1,000 people have been killed in the streets. Paper signs accusing these murdered victims of being “users” and “pushers” have been placed next to their bodies. What made me almost cry was the photo of a lone rickshaw driver named Michael Siaron who was gunned down by some unknown vigilante group while his poor distraught wife was crying and holding his lifeless body. Like all of those who have been killed in this mass murder campaign, none of these people had judicial process, did not have lawyers to defend them, and were never proven guilty in any court. They were simply murdered in the streets because their names were on some hit list.

Yes, hit lists. These people were rubbed out by a government-sponsored mafia, and at the head of this syndicate is Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. In his address to the nation, Duterte has boasted that he will kill 100,000 people so that he can “rid the Philippines of crime and corruption.” If you were to substitute Duterte’s name and the name of the country in this speech it almost sounds like the statements of that horrible butcher in history Pol Pot and the Cambodian genocide. This whole thing is sick beyond belief, and those who commit murder are both awarded and protected from criminal prosecution. This is a mass murder in the making, and in my view the people of the Philippines are coming to regret the decision to elect this monster. called Rodrigo Duterte Human rights and Catholic groups are horrified by what is happening, and they are calling for outside intervention to stop this mass murder campaign.

In my view it should go further. In my opinion, the United States should simply tear up all defense treaties with the Philippines, withdraw all American soldiers and advisers from the Philippines, and stop supplying the Philippines armed forces and police with any weapons until Duterte is impeached. Even though the United States is doing what it is doing to prevent China from taking over Philippines territorial waters, in my view the Philippines has become no better a place than China itself. Duterte knows that the U.S. government will not withdraw from the Philippines, and hence he will continue his mass murder program. In my view, the United States should defend democracies like Japan, and South Korea from any Chines aggression because these are democracies. The Philippines has just lost its democracy, and in my view the people of the Philippines should get rid of Duterte to reclaim their democracy.

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