Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has order police to kill “idiots” who violently resist arrest, two days after hundreds of people turned the funeral of a dead teenager into a protest against the president’s deadly war on drugs.
Duterte made the comments during a speech in a cemetery on the outskirts of Manila. He was addressing a police chief in a town in the southern part of the country where the mayor was killed in an anti-drugs raid.
“Your duty requires you to overcome the resistance of the person you are arresting… (if) he resists, and it is a violent one… you are free to kill the idiots, that is my order to you,” Duterte told Chief Jovie Espenido.
He added that “murder and homicide and unlawful killings” were not allowed and that police had to uphold the rule of law while carrying out their duties.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte faces scrutiny over his bloody anti-drug campaign, as well as his handling of an Islamic State-led war in the nation’s south.
He later met with the parents of the dead schoolboy, 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos, at the presidential palace in Manila, officials said.
The killing of delos Santos by anti-drugs officers on Aug. 16 has sparked rare public outrage since Duterte has unleashed his anti-drugs war when he took office last June. Thousands have been killed as the international community has criticized much of the violence.
Over a 1,000 people – which included nuns, priests and hundreds of children — joined the funeral procession on Saturday, turning it into one of the biggest protests yet against Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign.
According to Reuters, Delos Santos was dragged by plain-clothes policemen to a dark, trash-filled alley in northern Manila before he was shot in the head and left next to a pigsty, according to witnesses whose accounts appeared to be backed up by CCTV footage.
Police say they acted in self defence after the teenager opened fire on them, and Duterte’s spokesman and the justice minister have described the killing of the teenager as an “isolated” case.