Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte orders police to kill 'all who resist arrest'

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered the police to kill all those who violently resist arrest, amid a rising number of deaths linked to his government's deadly war on drugs.

Published: 28th August 2017 03:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th August 2017 03:54 PM   |  A+A-

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte | AP

By IANS

MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday ordered the police to kill all those who violently resist arrest, amid a rising number of deaths linked to his government's deadly war on drugs.

"Your duty requires you to overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting... (if) he resists, and it is a violent one, you are free to kill the idiot. That is my order to you," Duterte said during a speech at a ceremony marking National Heroes Day at the Libingan Ng Mga Bayani Cemetery in Manila.

At least 70 people died in four days earlier this month, adding to the thousands who have been killed since Duterte launched a campaign against the illegal drugs trade upon taking office last June.

Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17, was among those killed during a police operation on August 16.

His death has triggered widespread public protests against the violent police crackdown.

The officers involved have been suspended and prosecutors are planning to charge them with murder.

The officers contend that Delos Santos was shot while resisting arrest and attempting to escape.

Duterte is scheduled to meet with the victim's parents, who say their son never took or sold drugs, later on Monday.

The crackdown on illegal narcotics has led to the deaths of more than 7,000 people, of whom 3,451 were killed in police operations, while 96,703 people were arrested, according to official data.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp