Corruption in the Philippines

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has started a mass murder spree in the Philippines. This started the day after his election, as an attempt to fix the drug trade in his country.

President Rodrigo Duterte promised in his campaign to fix the drug issue in the Philippines. Starting the day after his election, he put into action his plan to lower the usage and dealing of drugs in his country. He has given permission to police authority and citizens to murder anyone who is accused or suspected of using or dealing drugs. During one of his speeches he said “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there is three million drug addicts.I’d be happy to slaughter them all.”  Within the first seven weeks of his presidency approximately 1,800 civilians have been murdered. As this is a concerningly high number, the UN has criticized his approach to the issue.  In response, President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to leave the UN for the lack of response when the Philippines most needed their help.

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President Rodrigo Duterte

(Photo: unknown/goodfilipino.com)

The feelings of citizens are mixed. Some agree with the newly implanted law and others do not agree with it at all. A recent photograph taken shows Jennilyn Olayres holding her partner, Michael Siaron, who was recently accused of being a pusher and was shot by an unknown gunman. Olayres spoke on this tragedy inciting that he was just a pedicab driver and had no ties to the drug trade. Many people share her feelings of losing loved ones. Some have even gone as far to say that the support of the president on these killings is leading the country down a dangerous and lawless path. While these citizens have these feelings, there are other citizens that agree with the policy and murder of suspected drug users or dealers.

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Jennilyn Olayres holding her partner Michael Siaron after he was shot and accused of being a “pusher”. (Photo: Dondi Tawatao/Getty images)

By Angel Davis

 

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