October 26, 2016

Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill.
The controversial policies are the latest in a series from the soon-to-be leader, including bans on alcohol and smoking and a curfew for children.
He has also promised to turn the presidential palace into a hospital.
Mr Duterte was nicknamed “The Punisher” for his record as the crime-crushing mayor of the southern town of Davao.
More than 1,000 criminals were killed by security forces in Davao during Mr Duterte’s stewardship.
The Philippines abolished capital punishment in 2006.
‘Death squad mayor’
Speaking at a press conference in the town, Mr Duterte, 71, said: “What I will do is to urge Congress to restore the death penalty by hanging.”
He said permission to shoot to kill would be given for organised crime figures and people resisting arrest.
Mr Duterte courted controversy throughout his election campaign, threatening to kill drug dealers and dump them in Manila Bay.
He vowed to give himself and members of the security forces immunity from prosecution after leaving office, saying: “Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed Rodrigo Duterte.”
“Forget the laws on human rights… You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I’d kill you. I’ll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”
On the rape of a female missionary
“I saw her face and I thought, son of a bitch. what a pity… I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.”
On the Pope’s visit holding up traffic
“We were affected by the traffic. It took us five hours… I wanted to call him: ‘Pope, son of a whore, go home. Do not visit us again’.”
On taking Viagra
“I was separated from my wife. I’m not impotent. What am I supposed to do? Let this hang forever? When I take Viagra, it stands up.”
Duterte: From ‘Punisher’ to president
Born in 1945 into a political family but with a more modest background than many Philippine politicians
Married twice but now single, he says he has several girlfriends
A lawyer, he became vice-mayor of Davao in 1986 and mayor in 1988. He has also previously held a seat in congress
Built a reputation fighting crime, militancy and corruption. He has promised to continue his tough stance as president, but has offered few specific policies
Well known for incendiary comments, such as saying he would kill thousands of criminals without trial

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