Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte advocating a war crime? That’s not a big surprise

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his threat to launch airstrikes against tribal schools because they allegedly teach subversion would apply only when the buildings are empty, a clarification that still raised concern he was advocating a war crime.

Critics had asked Duterte to retract his earlier threat, saying government troops may use it as a pretext to attack indigenous, or Lumad, schools and communities. He had claimed the schools were teaching students to become communist rebels and were operating without government permits.

Duterte responded to a question about his threat at a news conference late Thursday by saying the bombings will be done at night.

Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch says bombing unoccupied schools still violates International Humanitarian Law and is a war crime.

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Human rights Watch has long maintained that President Dutert’e “War on Drugs” committed numerous Crimes against Humanity daily. They also predicted the rise in the number of AIDS cases in the Philippines.

https://www.hrw.org/report/2017/03/02/license-kill/philippine-police-killings-dutertes-war-drugs

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Residents and police gather near the blanket-covered body of a man killed, along with four others, in an alleged police anti-drug operation in Manila, Philippines Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Authorities said 3,200 alleged drug personalities have died in police operations from July 1, 2016 to June 20, 2017. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez
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One Response to “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte advocating a war crime? That’s not a big surprise”

  1. Brittius Says:

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