Philippines president’s policies go into effect as police shoot 6 suspected pushers dead

Within 24 hours of President Duterte being  sworn in, six suspected drug pushers were shot and killed by policemen in separate operations in Bulacan province. This was Duterte yesterday:

Following a measured speech after taking his oath before a small audience inside the presidential palace, the outspoken leader paid an evening visit to a Manila slum and unleashed profanity-laden threats against drug traffickers in front of a crowd of about 500 people

“These sons of whores are destroying our children. I warn you, don’t go into that, even if you’re a policeman, because I will really kill you,” the head of state told the audience. If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

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And now the police react:

One of the fatalities was identified as Lauro Reyes who was out on bail due to drug charges. Police said they were conducting a search warrant at his house in Barangay Iba-Ibayo in Hagonoy town when Reyes’ companion identified as Lamberto Morales fired at the police. Police said Reyes and Morales were also linked with robbery cases in Bulacan.

In San Ildefonso town, Oliver dela Cruz was killed in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Pala-pala at 1 a.m. Friday.

In Norzagaray town, police were serving a search warrant when a suspected drug pusher identified as Keith Gibson fired at the police at around 1:45 a.m.

In the City of Malolos, an armed suspected drug pusher was killed when he fired at the policemen in a buy-bust operation along the Diversion Road in Barangay Mojon at 1:45 a.m.

In Guiguinto town, Mayor Ambrocio Cruz said a suspected drug pusher fired at the police in a buy-bust operation, prompting the policemen to shoot and kill him.

The police now have a carte blanche against suspected drug pushers. It is not difficult to see where this might lead.

Bulacan is a province in the Philippines, located in the Central Luzon Region and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established on August 15, 1578. In the 2015 census, Bulacan had a population of 3,292,071 people, the 2nd most populous in the Philippines. Bulacan’s most populated city is San Jose del Monte.

Rodrigo Duterte image AP

Rodrigo Duterte image AP


 

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