Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte isn’t wasting any time. The plainspoken law and order candidate was elected president of the Philippines a few weeks ago and even though he hasn’t yet been sworn in, he’s already addressing some of the island nation’s biggest problems. This weekend, he turned his attention to the country’s drug trafficking problem. And in an effort to make the Philippines great again, the former prosecutor is enlisting the help of everyday Filipinos. Well, those who are armed, anyway. He’s given the go-ahead to citizens aware of drug-related activity to enforce the law. “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun, you have my support.” . . .
And if the bad doods don’t comply, the pugnacious Pinoy is down with taking things to the next level.
If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, “you can kill him,” Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”
Empowering citizens to off drug dealers apparently stems from Duterte’s suspicion that the criminal justice system is riddled with corruption.
He also said he would order a review of dismissed criminal cases against active law enforcement officers because he suspects that some might have bribed their way back onto the force after getting busted for criminal involvement or drugs.
“If you’re still into drugs, I will kill you,” Duterte said. “Don’t take this as a joke. I’m not trying to make you laugh, son of a bitch. I will really kill you.”
Maybe it’s time to try something like this in Chiraq.