Maybe Government Death Squads Are A Bad Idea

02/05/20176 Comments

Remember when I warned about the worrying signs that Filipino President Rodrigo "Dirty Harry" Duterte was setting up a police state, including deputizing the public to kill suspected criminals, threatening martial law if the judiciary tried to stop him and endorsing the killing of journalists? Well, to adopt the parlance of the millennial Buzzfeed set, you won't believe what happened next!

Actually, you will believe it. The Philippines has turned into a police state.

Specifically, Duterte himself had to halt his own self-declared war on drugs earlier this week because (who could've guessed it?!) the Filipino police had taken it as carte blanche to go on a kidnapping, murder and theft spree. A new report on the killings alleges that the police "have behaved like the criminal underworld they are supposed to be suppressing, taking payments for killings and delivering bodies to funeral homes." It goes on to accuse the Filipino "authorities" of a "systematic, planned and organized" campaign of killings that could constitute a crime against humanity.

As if to underscore the point, a new story broke this week of a South Korean businessmen who was killed by a gang of "rogue" police officers. Using a fake warrant, the Philippines' finest arrested him, dragged him to the national police headquarters, strangled him to death, cremated him and flushed his remains down the toilet.

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  1. dennis.s says:

    These people in this article and the Phoenix Program is not what the world needs.
    Duterte is hell for some people in the Philippines and nothing good comes out of this.
    Everyone should distance themselves from torture, murder and all forms of violence. Is it so bad to say it? Peace on earth? Naive yes but what is the alternative? Eternal war and misery to those who are now in the crosshairs of those in power. It has cost so many lives over the years, and always always the innocent civilians who suffer. Solution? Stop the bombing, stop the war against terror. Just stop. OK thanks

  2. peace.froggs says:

    Let me be the first to say and on the record here at the CorbettReport, that I too, peace.froggs, believe that government death squads are a bad idea.

    Just thought I’d clarify that lol!

  3. nigel.m says:

    Mr Duterte is clearly out of control with what he’s doing in his country.

  4. Octium says:

    Please excuse my ignorance as this is an area I need to do more research on, but where did the Phoenix Program get it’s name from?

    The mythological Phoenix is the bird that rose from the ashes, but what did the Phoenix Program rise from?

    The Gestapo? Operation Paperclip?

  5. marvinsannes says:

    Killing is who we are, it’s what we do. Un-checked power always leads to killing. This happens with such regularity in history, it’s almost comic that we occasionally notice. I forgot: Who reads history?

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