Apalit, Pampanga Philippines [8/22/2016] After President Rodrigo Duterte had broken all customs of what a politician should be, should sound like, what topics should be discussed, the “morale” of the Filipino people is at its highest. Disgusted from previous presidents, now the tunnel of light is seen for the Philippines’ economical boost and a drug-free country.
In the latest meeting with the media, President Duterte silenced Mr. Miller, a foreign journalist from Asia. He ask the president about ‘unleashing a national death squad‘.
Mr. Miller : At the risk of being shot down, the numbers of people who’ve being killed in the streets of the Philippines since you come into power, 6 weeks ago, has risen into thousand. I know you have been contentious of your critics, but, they are accusing you of unleashing a national death squad. When is this gonna end?
Pres. Duterte: That is a very good question. Because in the past, no political leaders is really willing to work and risk his life. The standard practice in this system of government is that, when they accused, they would always file a counter-charge. They always use that poor leverage against the poor policeman. Remember in this country, no lawyer is provided for the policeman and other security officers when they are in trouble with the law. They are left on the mercy of their own. That was the policy beforehand the previous ones they left behind.
The foreign journalist followed up with the question that pointing out, the president being a lawyer. A simple practice, that a person is innocent until proven guilty.
The president, giving some statistics about how prevalent the drug problem is in the country, describing the current situation as “pandemic”.
Mr. Miller : At the risk of a ‘gun law’ sir?
Pres. Duterte : “It can happen! It happened.”
He cited the United States of America as an example. The policemen in his country also kill blacks on the streets. Another significant issue is that of the boy that was rescued in the rubbles’ bombing in Syria.
“Why US is not doing anything about it! Are we here about the country? Or the basic human rights? Almost the same.”