Sunday, March 26, 2017

NY Times: When a president says, 'I'll kill you.'

NT TIMES/Screen capture
One of the men who is part of the killing spree of alleged drug dealers in the Philippines.

The New York Times issued a new video about the thousands of vigilante killings of people alleged to be drug dealers in the Philippines. Thousands have been killed without the benefit of trial with a jury. Police, military and paramilitary groups have all been given permission to conduct extrajudicial killings for the sake of safety and security.

Photojournalist Raffy Lerma's 'Philippines Pieta.'

It follows photographer Raffy Lerma of the Philippine Daily Inquirer whose photo of one of the drug war victims could be titled the "Philippines' Pieta" and brought the world's attention to what's occurring in the Philippines.

In the bone-chilling 15-minute video, Duterte says, "Hitler e massacred 3 million Jews ... now there are 3 million criminals (inaudible) ... I'd be happy to slaughter them."

Watch the video here. WARNING: graphic scenes.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte:"I'd be happy to slaughter them."
The U.S., which used to have more influencel in the way the Philippines conducted its affairs, has lost its higher moral ground with the selection of Donald Trump as its Chief Executive. But even before Trump's electoral college victory, Duterte had already cursed out President Obama and his human rights advocacy; and pivoted away from the U.S. and sought China's assistance, shifting the delicate balance of power in Asia with the needle moving towards China.
Duterte, whom some have called as the Trump of the Philippines, is an early frontrunner for Time Magazine's Man of the Year. The poll, which opened on Friday (March 24), saw Duterte at the top spot with 4 percent of the votes as of Sunday (March 26).

On his heels was Pope Francis with 3 percent of the votes.