Duterte: 300 Days In Office,
8,000+ Extra-Judicial Killings!1) The dreaded Davao Death Squads (DDS) has been expanded nationwide!
“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 earlier made 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. From Human Rights Watch
From Philippines Star
MANILA, Philippines (Second update 5:32 p.m.) — The lawyer of self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato on Monday filed a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other government officials before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Lawyer Jude Sabio accused Duterte of being a "mass murderer" and asked the international court to prosecute him over his involvement in the so-called Davao Death Squad.
"Your favourable action on this matter would not only serve the noble ends of international criminal justice but would also be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines," Sabio told the court in his cover letter.
In his accompanying communication titled "The Situation of Mass Murder in the Philippines; Rodrigo Duterte: The Mass Murderer," Sabio accused Duterte of "repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously" committing extrajudicial executions since 1988.
The lawyer claimed that Duterte has been waging mass murders constituting crime against humanity from his term as mayor of Davao City under his Davao Death Squad to the present after assuming the presidency through his bloody drug war.
Sabio asked the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC to confirm the proper criminal charges for crimes against humanity against Duterte and his senior administration officials and to issue a warrant of arrest against them.
The lawyer is also seeking for an appropriate trial against Duterte and his senior administration officials which would lead to a conviction and sentence to a prison term or life imprisonment.
The following senior government officials are facing complaint:
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre
Philippine National Police Director General Vitaliano Aguirre
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
Former Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno
Police Superintendent Edilberto Leonardo
Senior Police Officer 4 Sanson "Sonny" Buenaventura
Police Superintendent Royina Garma
National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran
Solicitor General Jose Calida
Sen. Richard Gordon
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano
Sabio requested the prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, of the international court to conduct an analysis of the situation of extrajudicial killings in the country and determine the criminal liability of Duterte and the 11 senior officials through a preliminary examination.
In his communication, Sabio cited the findings of international human rights watchdogs Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
Both international human rights groups found that operations of rogue officers or vigilantes responsible for mass killings of drug offenders directly involved the police, making the president liable for the killings.
3) Is Duterte ever serious about resigning from the presidency?
In a video message posted on the Presidential Communications Office’s Facebook page late Thursday night, Mr. Duterte said that he would resign if the allegations made by the senator were proven true.
“If Trillanes can prove his allegation that I have amassed P2 billion illegally or if that bank account under my name has a total deposit at one time of even just half a billion, I will resign as president immediately,” Duterte said, further calling the allegations “old and rehashed.”
4) Duterte does not, as he has put it, “give a shit” about human rights. He sees it as a Western obsession that keeps the Philippines from taking the action necessary to clean up the country. He is also hypersensitive to criticism. “Duterte’s weakness is, really, he’s a tough guy,” Greco Belgica, a Filipino politician and an ally of Duterte’s, said. “You do not talk down to a tough guy. He’ll snap.”
From New Yorker
5) Duterte will NOT honor the Ten Commandments
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything..." Duterte
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.
A 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?
6) Duterte warned that he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of local posts, fueling concerns about democracy under his rule.
From Business World:
Mr. Duterte said he was considering both measures as part of his controversial campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in society, and that martial law would solve a range of other security threats.
“If I declare martial law, I will finish all the problems, not just drugs,” he told reporters in a pre-dawn briefing after returning from neighboring Thailand, which is under military rule.
The issue is highly sensitive in the Philippines, which is still trying to build a strong democracy three decades after the 1986 People Power Revolution ended Ferdinand E. Marcos’s dictatorship.
Mr. Duterte has previously warned he would be prepared to defy constitutional safeguards and restrictions on martial law, although he and his aides have later sought to downplay those threats.
Long after Duterte has gone and his most vociferous followers are footnotes in history,we will write about this terrible era of avarice, injustice & death. New York Times