Duterte: A leader must be a terror to evil people

MANILA - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is described as a “bunch of hypocrites” the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) for calling for an investigation into his public advocacy to kill criminal elements in Davao.


In a press statement, Du­terte said his experience as mayor of Davao City has convinced him that a leader cannot be soft on criminals.


“Are you telling me that these criminals have hu­man rights to kill and hu­man rights to continue their criminal activities? What about the human rights of the innocent vic­tims and their orphans?” he asked.


“A leader must be a ter­ror to the few who are evil in order to protect the lives and well-being of the many who are good,” he added.


Duterte said he will not heed the advice of US-based human rights who cannot protect the human rights of African-Ameri­cans and other minorities in their own country.


He added he will “offer no excuses” for his hard-line policy against criminals.


“I offer no excuses. I will not apologize to anyone. I am willing to go to jail so that my people can live in peace and achieve pro­gress. So be it.”




Duterte, who first became Davao City mayor in 1988, has been accused by Hu­man Rights Watch (HRW) of tolerating the killing activities of the so-called Davao Death Squad.


“The Philippine govern­ment should take a zero-tolerance approach to any public official who pub­licly endorses extrajudicial killings as an acceptable means of crime control,” said Phelim Kine, HRW deputy Asia director.


“Duterte’s public support for the extrajudicial kill­ings of suspected crimi­nals should prompt a long overdue investigation into Duterte’s possible role in those deaths.”


HRW said Duterte made no attempt to conceal his style in combating crimes when, in a speaking tour speech recently, he said: “We’re the ninth safest city. How do you think I did it? How did I reach that title among the world’s safest cities? Kill them all [criminals].”


HRW said Duterte has so far escaped responsibility for the death squad kill­ings. (ABS-CBNnews.com)


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