Body count rises as new Philippines president calls for drug addicts to be killed

The former Davao city mayor said medals would be given to citizens who shot and killed drug dealers
Asian Correspondent
Monday, July 4, 2016

Newly-installed Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his tough stance on crime by urging the public to not only kill drug dealers, but addicts as well. His remarks came barely a day after he was sworn in as the country’s 16th president in Manilay, Vice reported. Speaking to a crowd of 500 in a Manila slum, Duterte said: “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.” (See also: Thirty killed in four days in Philippine war on drugs)