Philippines’ Duterte does not endorse summary killings: Spokesman

(From AFP)

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday after scathing criticism from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the president-elect’s plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime.

Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte won May elections by a landslide largely due to an explosive law-and-order platform in which he pledged to end crime within six months by killing tens of thousands of suspected criminals.

He has since offered large bounties to security forces as well as the general public to kill drug traffickers.

However, his spokesman insisted Saturday Duterte did not support extrajudicial killings. Read More



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