'Shoot to kill', says Philippines' President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

| Monday, May 16, 2016 - 18:50
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Rodrigo Duterte resumes death penalty

New Delhi: After gaining a landslide victory at the polls with his ruthless “war on crime” platform, Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to introduce public executions by hanging and give police shoot to kill the culprits.
The death penalty was abolished in Philippines in the year 2006 by then-president Gloria Arroyo. Duterte, who earned the nickname "The Punisher" for his tough stance on crime while mayor of Davao, also vowed to give security forces shoot to kill powers.
Human rights groups allege more than a thousand people were killed by death squads linked to Mr Duterte during his time as mayor of Davao, according to the reports.
Duterte has also been given the nickname of "Duterte Harry," a reference to the Clint Eastwood character with little regard for rules, while his inflammatory statements have caused others to call him the "Donald Trump of the East".
He will be sworn into office for a six year term on 30 June.

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