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President Duterte of the Philippines is Strange and Dangerous

October 3, 2016
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Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte Photo credit: REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Photo credit: REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

Rodrigo Duterte is at war with his own people. The ones who are drug sellers. Forces including police killed more than 3,000 people in the last three months.

He pledged a war on drugs when he ran for president. He won by a large margin. His nickname is “the punisher.”

He has said many things to enrage and unnerve people. Last week he said he would like to kill millions of drug addicts. He said, “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now there is three million, there is three million drug addicts. There are. I would be happy to slaughter them.” One mistake was that the number of Jews murdered by Hitler was six million.

The real problem was that he said he wanted to be like Hitler. Hitler is one of the most reviled people in history.

Duterte went on to say killing the drug users would “finish the problem of my country. It would save the next generation from perdition.”

Some other quotes from Duterte. “Son of a whore. I will curse you in the forum.” It translates as “son of a bitch.” He said this about President Obama. It was a warning to the president not to bring up the drug deaths at a meeting. Mr. Obama cancelled the meeting. They met for only a few moments instead.

“You drug pushers, holdup men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I would kill you.” He said this while running for president of the Philippines. He also said, “Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor.” He also said he would dump the bodies of slain drug dealers “into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there.”

He apologized for his remarks about Hitler.

Duterte has now gone one step further. He wants to change the relationship between the Philippines and the United States. He wants to end joint military exercises between the two countries. Observers say the agreements are ironclad. But no one can predict Duterte’s next moves.

Source: The New York Times September 29, 2016

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