Bounty on Philippines police officials protecting drug trade

Aug 30, 2016, 01:55

In his speech on Monday Duterte scoffed at accusations that he was trampling on human rights and said law enforcers should not worry about criminal liability while acting on his campaign.

"So today, I might be inclined to place a reward on their head, the members of the ninja or the members of the police who are protecting the drug syndicates in this country".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes part during a National Heroes Day commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes' Cemetery) in Taguig city, Metro Manila in the Philippines August 29, 2016.

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Duterte again argued that his war against the illegal drug trade would be for the "law-abiding, God-fearing citizens to be comfortable, period, that they are not molested, their children can walk the streets and come home safe and sound".

Displeased by criticisms over his disregard for human rights, Duterte said the human rights activists should also take into consideration the statistics of people victimized by criminals hooked on drugs.

Duterte won the presidential election in May on a promise to wipe out drugs and dealers and last month named 160 officials, judges, police and soldiers who he said were protecting drug traffickers and selling drugs in their communities. I don't go to war, so if I do not, then peace is the only means. I'd just ask for a bed, foam, and something to read.

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"You can just imagine a country with three million addicts and they say they are just users.

If you see drugs as a viable livelihood, there will always be a drawback", the President said. "At the end of the day, if we don't understand each other, you will be dead", said Duterte who was wearing his favorite white shirt. Dionardo Carlos in a statement.

Mr. Duterte railed against critics who had complained that the poor who trade drugs to make a living were being targeted by the police, but added that military generals, city mayors, governors and police officials involved in the drug trade must also be stopped. He said the information can be sent through the PNP Text Hotline 09178475757 which is available 24/7 to receive and process confidential information.

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Police said during a Senate hearing earlier this month that a total of 1,779 drug suspects had been killed in Duterte's campaign, with 712 gunned down in clashes with police.

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