PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT RODRIGO DUTERTE’S BRUTAL KILLING OF SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS CONDEMNED BY UNITED NATIONS: HE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE
MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has led to the slaughter of over 900 suspected drug traffickers since he was elected on 9 May of this year. The recent killings of Renato and Jaypee Bertes stand out. They were suspected of drug usage and possibly minor dealings. They were arrested and taken to a police station and beaten and killed.
The bizarre and brutal murders prompted Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, a member of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, to denounce the killings in the strongest terms. He said, “There is no justification at all, how can you shoot someone who is already in your custody?”
Senator Leila de Lima, the former Philippine secretary of justice, called the killing a “summary execution.” and said the evidence was so clear-cut that the authorities had “no choice” but to bring charges. The status of the prosecution is unclear.
The UN has repeatedly condemned the brutal attack on suspected drug dealers as a violation of human rights under international law. In response, Duterte has since threatened to “separate” from the UN.
A former hit man, Edgar Matobato, has testified that Rodrigo Duterte “presided over the extrajudicial killings of about 1,000 criminals and political opponents when he was mayor of Davao City for most of the past two decades — even ordering some of the killings himself”, the New York Times reported.
OUR FREE OPINION
We think Duterte should resign or be removed from office. There clearly is no excuse for his unmerciful tactics and dearth regard for the due process and civil rights of the citizens of this country.