Thursday, April 28, 2016

Philippines: Duterte, Ready to Pardon

ABC.net reports that Philippine presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte "has shocked the political establishment in recent weeks, surging to a clear lead in opinion surveys" via "a campaign full of swear words and promises to end crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals." The 71-year old has also "boasted about running vigilante death squads" while serving as mayor of Davao.

Duterte promises to "eradicate crime nationwide in the first six months of his presidency" and "to pardon soldiers or police officers if they were charged with rights abuses." Or, as he puts it, "I will issue 1,000 pardons a day." Duterte believes the constitution allows him to pardon himself as well, And he promises to do so - if necessary - at the end of his term. "Pardon given to Rodrigo Duterte for the crime of multiple murder, signed Rodrigo Duterte," he has said, to laughing audiences. See story here.

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