A French newspaper has tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as a “serial killer president” amid a piling body count in the administration’s bloody war on drugs.
Duterte landed on the front page of France’s “The Liberation” daily, which featured the Philippine government’s relentless antidrug drive in its four-page story.
The article also touched on Duterte’s expletive-laced statements against US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis, and his controversial remarks that drew parallels with Adolf Hitler’s killing of Jews and the war on drugs.
In a radio interview on Sunday morning, Interior Secretary Mike Sueno said the “serial killer” tag against Duterte was “very unfair.”
“Kung hindi ito ginagawa ni Pangulong Duterte, magiging narco-state tayo… Sa aming pananaw, walang extrajudicial killings dito dahil karamihan sa mga namamatay ay ‘yung mga lumalaban sa kapulisan,” Sueno told radio DZMM.
(If President Duterte doesn’t do this, we will become a narco-state. In our point of view, there are no extrajudicial killings here because most of those who die are those who fight the police.)
The Liberation was among the latest foreign media outfits that reported on the Duterte administration’s antinarcotics campaign, which continued to draw international attention amid criticisms of suspected extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses.
International publications like The Guardian, TIME, The New York Times, and the Washington Post previously featured different aspects of the war on drugs.
Duterte and his men have repeatedly criticized the foreign media for supposedly spinning his statements.
As of Oct. 7, the Inquirer’s “Kill List” noted 1,234 drug-related deaths since June 30 or after President Duterte assumed office. CDG/rga
Listen to the people, Davao Archbishop urges Duterte
Vina Araneta, ABS-CBN News
DAVAO CITY – A prominent Catholic Church leader here on Saturday expressed concern over the rising death toll in the government’s war on drugs, as he urged President Rodrigo Duterte to “listen to the people.”
Duterte marked his first 100 days in office on Friday with hundreds of drug suspects killed. While eight in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the campaign, seven in 10 said police should keep suspects alive, according to a Social Weather Stations survey.
“Everybody that I know is worried about it. From my point of view, I think it’s the question of violence, getting it into a spiral and it seems intensifying,” said Davao Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla, who is also co-convenor of the Bishops-Ulama conference, a group that promotes cooperation between Muslims and Christians.
“Wrong is wrong even if everybody is doing it and right is right even if nobody is doing it. Our sense of morality, our moral values, our sense of right and wrong is not anymore strict. Our conscience (has) become callous, the end does not justify the means,” he said.
On Friday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to reject violence.
Capalla said Duterte should consider public opinion.
“I would like to ask him to listen to the people, to the poor people who are also suffering, he is the one who loves them and will do everything for them, they have something to say about what’s happening, not just to the experts,” he said.
Capalla said he wrote to then mayor Duterte in 2001 expressing concern about the alleged summary killings at that time turned the city into a “wild wild west,” but he got no response.
A portion of the letter read: “Crimes like individual murder and drug pushing, though a social sin and problem, are not a direct assault on society. It therefore cannot claim to use capital punishment, much less salvaging by death squads as a form of society’s self-defense.
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