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May 16, 2016
President-elect in Philippines eager to bring back death penalty "especially if you use drugs"
The worldwide story of capital punishment has generally involved an ever-growing number of nations moving away from regular use of the death penalty. However, as this Time piece highlights, at least one notable nation has just elected a tough-on-crime leader eager to get his nation to execute again. The piece is headlined "Philippine President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte Plans to Bring Back the Death Penalty," and here are the basics:
The tough-on-crime presumptive winner of the Philippine presidential election, Rodrigo Duterte, has told reporters in his first postvictory comments that he intends to bring back capital punishment.
According to Philippine news outlet GMA, Duterte told reporters in Davao City on Sunday night that he would “urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging, especially if you use drugs.”
Other news outlets reported that he would also give police shoot-to-kill powers against mobsters and those violently resisting arrest. “If you resist, show violent resistance, my order to police [will be] to shoot to kill,” he declared, adding: “Shoot to kill for organized crime. You heard that? Shoot to kill for every organized crime.”
Duterte’s election success has been credited to his promise to eradicate crime in a country that has the world’s 11th highest homicide rate. During his campaign, he said he would “fatten the fish” of Manila Bay with the bodies of criminals.
The President-elect’s 22-year track record as the mayor of Davao City gives him enormous credibility with Philippine voters. Before he took mayoral office, Davao was known for its war-zone-like lawlessness, but last year, a crowdsourced poll declared it fourth safest city in the world....
He is due to be sworn in as President on June 30 for a six-year term.
May 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM | Permalink
He needs to get elected as mayor of Chicago, no better place to start thumping on gangs and thugs, with 3,000 shootings/yr. Have at it, take new military recruits their, they need target practice and mow them thugs down.. after a yr ir 2, I bet their shootings and crime rate goes way down. its cost effective, humane and we dont gave to listen to lawyers and all of the lefal crap on what we need to do with them. its efficient.
Posted by: MidWestGuy | May 16, 2016 6:14:50 PM
Why don't give the police department to Mafiosi ???? They will fight gangs and restore order.
Posted by: claudio giusti | May 19, 2016 3:02:24 PM