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Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:14:50 AM »

Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'

unbelievable. can any country's president really say that? or is it that we, ordinary citizens, with any of us who may become a statistic as collateral damage (heaven forbid) don't have to take this again literally? is it time to take this statement again with a grain of salt, like using figures of speech as mind-boggling as metaphors, similes, allusions, to understand this?

he may have a potty mouth, but talking about killing?

my president has his tail between his legs with china. he does not want to go to war with china. rightly so. but waging a war against his own people?

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Re: Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 01:16:32 AM »
 
There have been three types of killings in the anti-drug war: vigilante killings, police killings, and collateral damage.

Vigilante killings are illegal and, therefore, cannot be classified as self-defense. As of August 18, close to 900 such killings have been reported. These widespread killings have been triggered and encouraged by Duterte’s call to slaughter.

Police killings have been largely extrajudicial although the police have gone to great pains to paint the victims as “aggressors” with cheap guns and drug packets planted beside the bodies of the victims. A dozen police (and military) personnel have been killed so far as against 756 drug personalities. The lowly figure of 1.5% in police deaths belies the myth of self-defense.


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Re: Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 01:17:27 AM »

In both vigilante and police killings, there has been collateral damage. The volume of collateral deaths in cardboard justice has not been established. The friends and families of some victims have denied their loved ones were engaged in drug activities.

That the death of innocents (and other non-drug related deaths) has clearly taken place makes the anti-drug war unpalatable and unacceptable. This is an indiscriminate and brutal war that totally disregards the sanctity of human life.


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Re: Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 01:18:13 AM »

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How long will this war last? This is anybody’s guess. Duterte has said, “We will not stop until the last drug lord… and the last pushers have surrendered or are put either behind bars or below the ground, if they so wish.”

We may be talking of a long and oppressive six years. But events are moving fast.

It has become painfully obvious that in so short a time Duterte has brought the country to a new low in the eyes of many local and international observers.


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Re: Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2017, 01:21:14 AM »


During the presidential campaign, Duterte made the capacity to kill as the sine qua non for the presidency. This should have served as a forewarning of the turmoil that now engulfs the nation. It is a bitter lesson to be learned. In the future, it is to be hoped people will remember the ability to take lives is not the highest qualification for office. Rather, it is the opposite: the ability to foster life, the ability to move the nation forward socially and economically, and the ability to embrace all citizens inclusively.


-excerpts from "THE (IM)MORAL JUSTIFICATIONS OF DUTERTE’S ANTI-DRUG WAR" by Edgar Lores, September 18, 2016
https://joeam.com/2016/09/18/the-immoral-justifications-of-dutertes-anti-drug-war/



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