Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine police to kill ‘idiots’ who violently resist arrest, two days after the funeral of a boy who was gunned down by anti-drugs officers.
In a direct message to the police officers, Duterte said:
‘Your duty requires you to overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting. If he resists, and it is a violent one, you are free to kill the idiots. That is my order to you.’
Duterte added that ‘murder and homicide and unlawful killings’ were not allowed. The Philippines President started the anti-drugs war in which thousands of people have been killed. The violence has been criticised by much of the international community.
The killing of schoolboy Kian Delos Santos by anti-drugs officers on August 16 has sparked rare public outrage.
Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley in northern Manila before he was shot in the head and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage.