... and Duterte will give them a medal
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.