December 28, 2016
After having been threatened by the UN for publicly admitting to killing his enemies in a speech where he said he hunted them down on the streets at night on his motorcycle, Philippine President Rody Duterte has once again come out and discussed personally ending the lives of those who stand against his nation.
He told a story of throwing people out of a helicopter, and threatened to do it again.
“If you are corrupt, I will fetch you with a helicopter and I will throw you out on the way to Manila,” Duterte said, as cited by the Philippine Star newspaper. “I have done that before, why should I not do it again?”
Duterte added that his anti-corruption campaign, like his anti-drug operation, will be a top priority during his presidential term.
The Philippines president was giving a speech in Camarines Sur province during his visit of areas affected by Typhoon Nina. The typhoon rocked the region on Sunday, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and cutting off power. Thousands in coastal villages in the region were forced to evacuate.
Earlier in December, Duterte said he personally killed suspected criminals during his time as mayor of Davao, saying he patrolled the streets on a motorcycle “looking for trouble.”
His speech has not gone unnoticed and the Philippines Commission on Human Rights said it will investigate Duterte’s confession that he killed three suspected criminals in Davao.
Justice Minister Vitaliano Aguirre, however, was among the top officials who shrugged off Duterte’s statements as an exaggeration.
“It’s like a hyperbole – that’s the president. He is used to exaggerate[ing] just to put his message across,” Reuters quoted Aguirre as saying.
Almost every Duterte speech hits the headlines. In October, he said that Obama, whom he has previously publicly called a “son of a bitch,” should “go to hell.” He has also promised that he will “humiliate” UN, EU and American representatives after inviting them to investigate his war on drugs.
Duterte, who was elected president after promising to crack down on drugs, repeatedly dismissed all criticism of his policies in unflattering terms.
During his election campaign, Duterte admitted to being behind the Davao Death Squad, a group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of alleged petty criminals and drug dealers while he was the mayor of Davao.
Philippine National Police (PNP) statistics seemed to show that over 3,800 people have been killed by either vigilantes or police since Duterte took office in July.
In November, Duterte lashed out at European lawyers, saying that they have “brains like a pea,” while asserting that Western courts are “bulls**t.”
Duterte also recently claimed that while on the phone with US President Donald Trump, he was invited to the US to teach our President how to deal with Mexican drug-dealers.
It is the hope of Republicans that a Trump administration will take a very hardline on crime, and will make a point of throwing enemies out of helicopters.
The popular Chilean leader Augusto Pinochet had a very popular policy of throwing his enemies out of helicopters, a policy which many have long called for in America.
It is generally believed that throwing people out of helicopters would serve as a serious deterrent to crime and other undesirable behavior.
Recent studies have shown that most people support throwing enemies from helicopters.