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Drugs Crackdown, two things caught the eye of PNP colonel Joselito Esquivel. To enforce a national crackdown on drugs in the Philippines. A pair of boxing gloves in a display cabinet and an M4 assault rifle lying beside him.
“It’s all-out war,” the Quezon City officer said. After a spike of killings of suspected drug dealers by the police across the country. Has happened since last month’s election of Rodrigo Duterte. A tough-talking city mayor, as the country’s president. “Duterte has already given the impetus for this massive operation.”
Duterte has vowed to wipe out drug crime within six months. According to Chito Gascon, head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The aggressive talk behind his promises has already put a sense of impunity among the police.
Mr. Duterte has said that: ‘It’s okay, I’ve got your back’.
Every day one person died by police or an anonymous vigilante since Duterte got power. An escalation from the first four months of the year when the rate was about two a week.
Handwritten warning signs were on some corpses.
Duterte, who will begin on Thursday, June 30, for a six-year term. Traveled to the northern province to congratulate the police. After they killed a drug lord, and to hand over $6,000.
Critics, including leaders of the influential Roman Catholic church and human rights advocates. Fear a spiral of violence could lie ahead for the Philippines. If vigilantism and summary executions become an accepted norm after Duterte takes office.
“My concern is that instead of law and order, what we will see is lawlessness and fear,” said Gascon. “What will result is an increase in the body-bag count.”
Human right groups and lawmakers. Who have complained about Dutertes plans about crime and death penalties call it “stupid”.