Philippine president-elect urges public to kill drug dealers

by Jim Gomez  |  published on June 6, 2016

The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods.

In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, “you can kill him,” Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”

  • Kitty

    Wow good for him.

  • justinwachin

    This has the potential to get out of hand very quickly. There is a reason for a judicial system. Making sure an innocent person isn’t punished is a chief reason.

    Granting citizens the permission to shoot drug dealers on sight is likely to result in some innocent people losing their lives by trigger happy people. Drug dealers should be shut down and sent to work prisons, but a civilized society makes sure that a process is in place to protect the innocent from punishment.

  • Ken says

    That would be called “instant results”. Since billions of dollars in the US have only fostered more drugs and dealers – that could be a cost effective way to solve out out of control drug addiction problem.

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