– Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte described his critics as “stupid”
– Duterte justified his plan to restore the death penalty as revenge for crimes
– The UN has reacted to Duterte’s strategy in eliminating crime in the country
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte hit back at the critics of his war against crime, drugs and corruption, calling them “stupid.”
“These human rights (groups), congressmen, how stupid you are,” Duterte said during his speech in front of Davao City employees on Monday.
The incoming president – who will officially assume office on June 30 – reiterated his earlier explanation that he wants to restore the death penalty in the country for retribution and not to deter crime.
“I believe in retribution. Why? You should pay. When you kill someone, rape, you should die,” Duterte said.
“Hindi iyan to deter (It is not to deter crime). Whether you like to commit a crime or not, that’s not my business. Iyong death penalty to me is the retribution,” Duterte explained in an earlier interview.
The 71-year-old politician won the May 9 presidential election by a large margin with a campaign focused on his aggressive stance against the rampant crime that plagues the nation, especially illegal drug trade and corruption.
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During his campaign, Duterte also promised to kill tens of thousands of criminals, with authorities being given the approval for a shoot-to-kill policy against suspects.
Since Duterte won the election, the country’s police officers have stepped up their efforts, with the daily average of criminals being killed and arrested having a significant increase.
The president-elect has also offered a financial reward for police officers and private individuals who will be able to successfully bring in drug lords to the authorities – dead or alive.
Duterte’s plans of giving bounties and restoring the death penalty have alarmed both local and international groups, including the United Nations (UN).
“The offer of bounties and other rewards for murder by vigilantes, and his encouragement of extrajudicial killings by security forces, are massive and damaging steps backwards which could lead to widespread violence and chaos,” UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has said. – DN, Kami Media