Philippines: President-elect Duterte urges public to kill drug dealers
June 5, Manila: The Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime and urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who would resist arrest and fight back in their neighborhoods, reports said.
Speaking in front of huge crowd celebrating his presidential victory, Duterte said 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.
According to reports, 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 Oslo Times