President-elect of the Philippines urges citizens to kill drug dealers

They have a serious drug problem in the Philippines, and the next president of the country has a plan.  Jim Gomez of the Associated Press reports:

The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighbourhoods.

In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

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.”

The 71-year-old Duterte won the May 9 presidential election on a bold promise to end crime and corruption within six months of the start of his presidency. That vow resonated among crime-weary Filipinos, though police officials considered it campaign rhetoric that was impossible to accomplish.

There seems to be a global phenomenon of beleaguered citizens (what the Marxists like to call “masses”) fed up with ineffective and corrupt political elites and governmental machinery.  The issues are different in the United Kingdom (where ditching the EU is up for a vote and may succeed) and the United States (where Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders between them account for a strong majority of the voters), but the underlying disgust with politics and government is quite similar.

Hat tip: Open Blogger at Ace

They have a serious drug problem in the Philippines, and the next president of the country has a plan.  Jim Gomez of the Associated Press reports:

The Philippine president-elect has encouraged the public to help him in his war against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back in their neighbourhoods.

In a nationally televised speech late Saturday, Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in the southern city of Davao that Filipinos who help him battle crime will be rewarded.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.

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.”

The 71-year-old Duterte won the May 9 presidential election on a bold promise to end crime and corruption within six months of the start of his presidency. That vow resonated among crime-weary Filipinos, though police officials considered it campaign rhetoric that was impossible to accomplish.

There seems to be a global phenomenon of beleaguered citizens (what the Marxists like to call “masses”) fed up with ineffective and corrupt political elites and governmental machinery.  The issues are different in the United Kingdom (where ditching the EU is up for a vote and may succeed) and the United States (where Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders between them account for a strong majority of the voters), but the underlying disgust with politics and government is quite similar.

Hat tip: Open Blogger at Ace