President-elect Rodrigo Duterte gave citizens the power to take matters into their own hands and kill drug lords if they can, but he might need to watch his back more often as drug lords have laid out a bounty worth almost $600,000 AUD to kill him.
This was revealed by Ronald dela Rosa, Duterte’s newly appointed Philippine police chief, explaining that he received information that drug lords currently detained in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP) are trying to match the president-elect’s offer.
Duterte will give out around $142,000 if a citizen is able to arrest a drug lord and around $146,000 if the drug lord is killed, according to the Daily Mail.
“We (Duterte and dela Rosa) will be the target. I tell them, come on down, bring it on,” dela Rosa declared. “When we assume office on June 30, let’s see if you can still pay for our assassination.”
During his presidential victory party held in his hometown of Davao City over the weekend, the 71-year-old former prosecutor encouraged the public to shoot and kill criminals and drug lords they might encounter in the street.
“Please feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun—you have my support,” he said, adding that he will pay them a hefty sum as well as give them a medal for doing so.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has released a statement regarding the president-elect’s statement of his apparent endorsement of extrajudicial killings.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that he was “extremely disturbed” by Duterte’s stance, saying that it is a breach of fundamental rights and freedom, according to the Philippine Star.
Duterte won the May 9 Philippine general elections in a landslide victory. He armed himself with a platform that focuses on the eradication of crime, drugs and poverty in the country, which won the votes of millions of Filipinos around the globe.