Presumptive Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte made his first policy pronouncements on Monday, saying he is all set to impose a death penalty for criminals.
He added that he’s giving power to security forces and is allowing them to “shoot-to-kill” criminals. “If you resist, show violent resistance, my order to police (will be) to shoot to kill. Shoot to kill for organised crime. You heard that? Shoot to kill for every organised crime,” he said.
The PH presumptive president also promised to introduce capital punishment for drug addicts as well. Duterte announced that he will offer cabinet positions to communists and will make some amendments to the Constitution to ensure provinces get more power.
Duterte, in his first press conference after winning the May 9 elections, said that he will commence a military troop to deal with Abu Sayyaf extremists’ threat that prevails in the southern island of Jolo. This statement vastly differed from what the current government policies offered. His efforts showed his persistent campaign against crime and corruption, which he aims to end in three to six months. Police officers, on the other hand, have claimed that the plan appears to be unrealistic. The Guardian states that the crimes Duterte specified still prevails in Davao city where he served as a mayor for more than 22 years.
According to The New York Times, Duterte’s announcement relating to offering cabinet posts to communist rebels will possibly be opposed by big business and industry. However, he defended his position. “They are the most vigilant group in the Philippines about labour so they would get it,” he said.
The presumptive president said that he would ask Congress to re-impose death penalty that ended in 2006 as a result of opposition from the Roman Catholic Church. He advocated for capital punishment by hanging criminals who committed heinous crimes. He said that those convicted of robbery, murder and rape should face “double the hanging. “After the first hanging, there will be another ceremony for the second time until the head is completely severed from the body,” The Guardian quoted the president-elect as saying.