Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has urged the public to shoot and kill drug dealers if they can, and that he will award those who do with a medal.
The mayor of Davao City encouraged the public during his presidential victory party held in his hometown to take matters into their own hands in helping the government in the fight against crime and corruption going rampant around the country.
“Please feel free to call us, the police or do it yourself if you have the gun—you have my support,” Duterte said, according to TIME.
During the party, he also requested for three police generals, whom he did not name and are currently based in Manila, to quit from their posts for their involvement in crimes or else he will humiliate them in public.
The 71-year-old former government prosecutor will also ask to review the criminal cases of active policemen that were dismissed in order to rid the police force with people who commit mischief, according to The Guardian.
Duterte won the Philippine presidential elections on May 9 with a landslide victory. Throughout the campaign period, he made a daring promise that he will rid the country of crime and corruption within six months.
Before he is set to begin his reign and take over from current President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino on June 30, however, Duterte has already gotten himself involved in numerous controversies.
Just last week, he remarked that journalists deserve to die if they take part in numerous corrupt activities, a remark that did not sit well with various media organizations around the globe.
“Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination if you’re a son of a b—-,” Duterte said last Tuesday at a press conference as he announced who would be part of his cabinet during his six-year term.
Two days later at another press conference held in his hometown, he stood firm on his comments, explaining that he was simply telling the truth.