... and Duterte will give them a medal

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The Philip­pine pres­i­dent-elect en­cour­aged the pub­lic to help him in his war against crime and urged cit­i­zens with guns to shoot and kill drug deal­ers in their neigh­bour­hoods.

Ro­drigo Duterte (pic­tured) told a huge crowd cel­e­brat­ing his pres­i­den­tial vic­tory late on Satur­day in the south­ern city of Davao that Filipinos who would help him in the bloody war against crim­i­nal­ity would 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 in his na­tion­ally tele­vised speech, where he warned about an ex­ten­sive il­le­gal drugs trade in the coun­try that in­volved even po­lice.

If a drug dealer would re­sist ar­rest or refuse to be brought to a po­lice sta­tion and will in­stead threaten a cit­i­zen with a gun or knife, “you can kill him”, Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”

Duterte also asked three po­lice gen­er­als based in the na­tional po­lice camp in metropoli­tan Manila to re­sign for in­volve­ment in crimes that he did not spec­ify. He threat­ened to hu­mil­i­ate them in pub­lic if they did not quit, and said he would order a re­view of dis­missed crim­i­nal cases of ac­tive po­lice­men to rid their ranks of mis­fits.

The long-time Davao mayor and for­mer gov­ern­ment prose­cu­tor said crimes were com­mit­ted by law en­forcers ei­ther be­cause of “ex­treme greed and ex­treme need”.

He said he would pro­vide a small amount to an of­fi­cer who was tempted be­cause his wife has can­cer or a mother died, but crim­i­nals motivated by ex­treme greed “will also be dealt with by me. I’ll have you killed”.

Duterte, who starts his sixyear term on June 30, re­peated a plan to of­fer huge boun­ties to those who can turn in drug lords, dead or alive.

The 71-year-old won the May 9 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion on a bold prom­ise to end crime and cor­rup­tion within six months of his pres­i­dency. That vow res­onated among crime-weary Filipinos though po­lice of­fi­cials con­sid­ered it cam­paign rhetoric that was im­pos­si­ble to ac­com­plish.

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