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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Warning to the World: DUTERTE -The Philippines' Possible "Death Squad" President!

The Rodrigo Duterte presidency promises to bring back the Philippines to medieval times.
Duterte “If I become president, I advise you people to put up funeral parlor businesses!"
MANILA, Philippines - Put up more funeral parlors to accommodate drug pushers, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte yesterday said, warning of an iron hand should he become the country’s next president.
“If I become president, I advise you people to put up several funeral parlor businesses because I am against illegal drugs… I might kill someone because of it,” Duterte said. 
From Inquirer
Rodrigo Duterte may have learned a lesson from late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. 
Speaking at a political rally, the opposition presidential candidate and Davao City mayor reinforced his iron-hand stance against crime—he not only wants the death penalty back, he also wants the  execution to be in public.
“I will work for the restoration of the death penalty,” Duterte told a cheering crowd here. “I will really bring it back (and make) it public so that the people will see for themselves (how criminals are punished).”
The 1987 Constitution abolished the death penalty. 
Section 19 of the Charter’s Bill of Rights  states: “Excessive fines shall not be imposed, nor cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment inflicted. Neither shall the death penalty be imposed, unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes, the Congress hereafter provides for it. Any death penalty already imposed shall be reduced to reclusion perpetua.”
National Berdugo (Butcher)
From Human Rights Watch
For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform.
Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao death squad during a May 24 live broadcast of his weekly television talk show. “Am I the death squad? True. That is true,” Duterte said on-air while discussing his accomplishments as Davao’s chief executive. He then pledged that if he became president of the Philippines he would execute 100,000 more criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay.
Duterte’s comments echoed those he made on May 15, which asserted the summary killing of suspected criminals as a key plank to his approach to public security.
Duterte’s boastful brand of violent impunity should be a path to prosecution, not a platform for political office. Until the government adopts a zero tolerance attitude toward public officials who publicly endorse extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to governance, Duterte and others like him will pose a grave danger to the safety of the citizens they are elected to protect.
1987 Constitution
ARTICLE III
BILL OF RIGHTS
Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.
The Punisher: Encourages the killing of criminals 
without due process.
From news.com.au
A NOTORIOUS mayor who has taken law enforcement into his own hands is  running for president of the Philippines.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has been dubbed the real-life Punisher, has received local adoration and international condemnation for using vigilante methods to tackle crime.
For the uninitiated, The Punisher is a comic book and movie character who wages a one-man war against the mob, using murder, kidnapping, extortion and torture to crush criminal elements.
Mr Duterte, who was elected for his seventh term last year, earned the “Punisher” reputation by encouraging the killing of criminals without first finding them guilty in court.
The mayor has long been linked to the so-called Davao Death Squad, a vigilante outfit responsible for the execution of drug traffickers, petty criminals, gang members and other lawless elements. More than 700 people went missing between 2005 and 2008, presumed killed by the squad.
Duterte openly admits killing 3 criminals in Davao City
From Inquirer
“Criminality has to stop,” said presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, admitting that he has killed three criminals in Davao City.
In an interview with radio DZMM, Duterte was asked if he has already killed criminals.
“Marami na,” Duterte said, adding that he has killed three kidnappers during an operation.
The tough-talking mayor recalled an incident when a girl was kidnapped and the perpetrators refused to surrender.
“One time, may kinidnap silang babae, so binigay ng pamilya yung pangalan ko. I was there sa vicinity,” he said.
Duterte said he asked the kidnappers to surrender, but they refused to heed the mayor’s call.
“Sabi ko, taas kamay. Hindi tinaas, so binaril ko,” he said.
Asked if this wasn’t a human rights violation, Duterte said he was doing his job as a person in authority.
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor." DoDirty 
From Philippine Daily Inquirer
Duterte has projected the image of an action-oriented, results-driven executive who can address people’s fears about an environment perceived as dominated by criminal elements. In the process, he has broadly, almost boastfully hinted that he had indeed ignored human rights and legal norms, enforcing the law by violating the law.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Perhaps, Duterte might not have done any killing himself, though he may suggest even this to burnish the Dirty Harry brand. But as mayor, he had people ready and eager to follow his orders. As president, he would have even more people to do his bidding.
According to a newspaper report, Duterte said that, as president, he would allow policemen on duty to kill criminals and would protect them against charges of human rights violations. He also said that the policemen would “go first, should they commit wrongdoings.” He referred to three rogue policemen who were recently killed, but “did not directly respond to the question if he was the one who killed the police officers.”
Duterte is not infallible. Neither are the subordinates on whose information he depends. The execution of policemen who make mistakes offers small comfort to families of the victims. People will make mistakes, but these should not lead to irreversible consequences. Summary executions permit no room to appeal possibly erroneous decisions.
The issue is whether the police should have the power to execute people they arrest on the basis of their suspicions, without due process of law. And, whether mayor or president should have the power, by direct order or by insinuation and promise of protection, to effect these executions.
A future president accustomed to act with impunity places everyone on a slippery slope. Where would Duterte draw the line on crimes he can punish without regard for constitutionally guaranteed human rights? 
Duterte willing to back down on sea dispute with China!
From ABS-CBN News
MANILA – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to ''shut up'' about the West Philippine Sea dispute if he becomes president, as long as China will offer to build vital transportation facilities and other infrastructure in the Philippines.
Speaking at a press conference in Palawan last Thursday, Duterte said he is open to having joint exploration between the Philippines and China in the disputed waters, an approach the administration of President Benigno Aquino III has long dismissed.
''If you want, joint exploration. Kung wala akong pera pang-equipment ko, just give me my part,'' Duterte said.
Duterte said, if China will ''build me a train around Mindanao, build me train from Manila to Bicol... build me a train [going to] Batangas, for the six years that I'll be president, I'll shut up."
The 1987 Constitution
STATE POLICIES
Section 7. The State shall pursue an independent foreign policy. In its relations with other states, the paramount consideration shall be national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national interest, and the right to self-determination.