By: Elena Grace Flores
President Rodrigo Duterte “I will kill you” threats ti the menace of society is not helping at all. In fact, they turned the normally happy Filipinos despite poverty into scared rats. Not just the so called criminals but also the innocent ones. Why not? Most news headlines say that innocent people are also killed along with the suspects who were just shot without a fight most of the time. Some police seemed to act like spoiled brats who will just kill anyone without maximum tolerance. Until, now Duterte did not say a word to condemn these law enforcers who put the law in their own hands.
Though he was just doing what he promised during the election campaign, people did not expect that he can be that bad. However, many rulers in the past already did his strategy in trying to suppress the illegal drugs trade like Thailand’s ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra who is still on exile after the UH aided the opposing political party in ousting him for human rights violations. Perhaps, Duterte would like to follow his foot steps or worst, Saddam Hussein’s when underestimated the power of the United Nations headed by the United States of America.
This words of Duterte alone is clearly a human rights violation if not public harassment because he did that on prime time TV; “If (a criminal) fights, and he fights to the death, you can kill him.” He went on to say, “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun … you have my support.” 465 deaths have now been recorded from the time Duterte assumed office with many surviving family members shouting for justice that triggered human rights groups to file a complaint against Duterte at the UN. Sometimes, presidents can never learn from the people that came before them – just to show that he can do what he can in timid Davao to the rest of the Philippines. It is sad that he will be proven wrong and will suffer the consequence of his actions sooner rather than later.