US Newspaper Reports On Pres Duterte's Anti-Illegal Drugs Campaign. See Their Report.

USA Today reported that President Rodrigo Duterte is acting on his promise to “kill drug dealers.”

“Controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who campaigned on a vow to kill 100,000 criminals, is making good on his promise less than two weeks into his term,” the newspaper said.

The paper cited Inquirer’s Kill List showing 72 deaths reported in Duterte’s first week. (There has been 195 deaths since Duterte sworn in office and 242 vigilante killings since he won in May, according to Inquirer.)

Jose Manuel Diokno, national chairman of Free Legal Assistance Group, called the extrajudicial killings as "a nuclear explosion of violence."

“Do we really want to give the man with the gun the power to judge who are criminals and to kill them? To decide who is bad and who is good, who deserves to live and who deserves to die?" he wrote on his post for the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ).

Duterte’s pronouncement has alarmed human rights groups around the world. 

Asia Deputy Director of Human Rights Watch Phelim Kine said that killing of alleged drug pushers and users “may be interpreted by some as a legitimization of the unlawful concept of extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to crime control.“

The paper describes Duterte’s pronouncements as “incendiary.” and that his campaign has earned him comparisons to US presidential nominee Donald Trump. It noted, however, that his tactics was “wildly popular for solving the city’s drug and crime problems,” which earned him the monicker “The Punisher” and “Duterte Harry.” 

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