The new President the Philippines is turning heads with his new initiative to help in his was against crime. Do you think that this is a good idea?
Newly elected president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has encouraged his countrymen to shoot and kill drug dealers and fight back in their neighbourhoods.
The president-elect urged the public to help in his war against crime in return for rewards, speaking during a televised speech on Saturday.
The 71-year-old told a crowd in the southern city of Davao they would be compensated. A precedent has already been set by a mayor who gave police more than £2,000 for killing drug traffickers.
The city’s most famous son said: ‘Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support.
‘If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, you can kill him… Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.’
Duterte’s warning comes as the country faces an extensive illegal drug trade where even the police are involved.
He gave his advice after winning the May 9 presidential election on a bold promise to end crime and corruption within six months of the start of his presidency.
That vow resonated among crime-weary Filipinos, though police officials considered it campaign rhetoric that was impossible to accomplish.
Read more: Daily Mail