Duterte plans to pardon himself and soldiers for abuses
Presidential front runner Rodrigo Duterte promises that part of his plan to clean up crime and corruption is to pardon himself, soldiers, and police for human rights abuses if convicted guilty by courts. The mass murder pardons are estimated by Duterte to be "1,000 pardons per day", if he becomes president.
In an apparent disregard for human rights, Duterte appears to be admitting that because his administration will have lesser checks and balances, the possibility of human rights abuses and unchecked police power will be real in his administration.
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As a counter-measure for this, Duterte is prepared to issue pardons for any soldier or police who have been found guilty of human rights abuses. He even said that he will pardon himself at the end of his term in order for him to not be charged after he steps down. Duterte said this while mentioning a joke, making it unclear if he was merely joking or serious of the actions he will do as president.
"Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed Rodrigo Duterte," said Duterte as the crowd burst into laughter.
"I will issue 1,000 pardons a day,"said Duterte.
Rodrigo Duterte is seen as a political outsider to Philippine politics, sweeping to popularity for his vulgar language (street talk, according to Duterte) and "simple" solutions to crime, which tolerate killing if criminals violently resist arrest.