The new Philippine president who famous lamented he wasn’t first in line for a lethal gang rape and headed death squads suspected of 1,700 killings announced today that he was following through on his campaign promises to shoot criminals.
From Agence France-Presse:
Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed Sunday to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces “shoot-to-kill” orders in a devastating war on crime.
In his first press conference since winning the May 9 elections in a landslide, the tough-talking mayor of southern Davao city warned his campaign threats to kill were not rhetoric.
“What I will do is urge Congress to restore (the) death penalty by hanging,” Duterte, 71, told a press conference in Davao.
He also said he would give security forces “shoot-to-kill” orders against organised criminals or those who violently resisted arrest.
He said military sharp shooters would be enlisted in his campaign to kill criminals.