Philippine President: Trump Supports Policy of Slaughtering Drug Users and Dealers

The Philippines has endorsed the slaughter of more than 5,000 suspected drug users and traffickers by police and vigilantes in the past five months.

Philippine President Rodolfo Duterte encourages police and others (vigilantes) to kill ("neutralize") people they suspect of using or selling drugs.

President Duterte today said he recently spoke to Donald Trump on the phone, and Trump told him he supported Duterte's anti-drug policy, and that the country is going about it the right way.

In a statement Saturday, Duterte shared details of a seven-minute conversation that took place Friday. He said that during the call, Trump endorsed his campaign against drug users and dealers — a campaign that has left at least 4,500 Filipinos dead in about five months. Trump told Duterte that he was doing it the “right way,” according to Duterte’s account.

“I could sense a good rapport, an animated President-elect Trump,” he added. “And he was wishing me success in my campaign against the drug problem.”


Duterte seems mentally unstable.

In September, when President Obama raised questions about the bloody anti-drug crusade, Duterte lectured him on colonialism, referring to him with a slang term that translates, roughly, as “son of a whore.”

..Weeks after railing against “uncivilized” Americans, Duterte greeted the U.S. president-elect with an enthusiastic “long live” Trump. Duterte also mused that they might get along — because they both like to swear.

How does Duterte justify the extra-judicial killings of drug users? By comparing them to Jews under Hitler:

Duterte has invoked the Holocaust to defend his war on drugs. “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now, there are 3 million drug addicts,” he said in September. “I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

If Trump truly supports the extra-judicial, mass slaughter of drug users and traffickers, he's not only a threat to our democracy, he's a threat to humanity.

Trump is not yet President but he's already inflicting global damage with his telephone calls. If the Electoral College is foolhardy enough to vote him into the White House despite his loss of the popular vote by 2.5 million, which it almost certainly will be, once there the DISA should give him a restricted and modified "toy phone" like the kind Obama is stuck with. Hopefully, he won't be able to make or accept long distance calls or access Twitter with it.

(Please restrict comments to the topic of the Philippines drug policy and Trump and the global menace he is -- you can post comments about the electoral college and popular vote in an open thread. They will be deleted here as off-topic.)
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    "Three million Jews"?" (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Peter G on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 12:50:53 PM EST
    Which strand of Holocaust-quasi-denial crackpottery does that reflect?

    Duterte's managed to express (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 02:34:48 PM EST
    in one sentence, both his admiration for Hitler's modus operandi, and his belief that the standard estimates of numbers of victims of the Holocaust have been grossly exaggerated.

    Not to put too fine a point on it.

    And all Trump can say in response is that he supports what Duterte is doing.



    I Don't Think That is Holocaust Denial (none / 0) (#6)
    by RickyJim on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 06:30:21 PM EST
    The expression "Hitler murdered six million Jews" is just not the commonly used in Duterte's neck of the woods so he just picked a number.  He is just coming up with the same sort of appeal to his base that Trump uses. I agree that is pretty horrific.  Family planning is a much more important problem for the Philippines and Duterte ran on a "Three kids is enough" platform despite church opposition.  But that one will have to wait.

    It would be logically consistent (none / 0) (#7)
    by jondee on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 07:12:04 PM EST
    for someone who admires Hitler's methods to attempt to minimize the inhumanity of the Nazis..

    Maybe Duterte thinks he's killing two birds with one stone by practicing a little post facto family planning by killing people while at the same time eliminating drug addicts.


    Seriously planning to move (none / 0) (#1)
    by smott on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 11:10:22 AM EST
    Don't see any of this ending well in US.

    I'm a UK citizen and can move to Canada with little issue.

    Of course once China decides to incinerate us it could all be moot.

    I wonder how the Trump-supporting (none / 0) (#2)
    by jondee on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 11:53:34 AM EST
    parents of the thousands opioid addicted young people in states like Kentucky and Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the Old Fashioned Values crowd rationalize to themselves and others their support for this tinpot p*ssy-grabber they just elected -- who, it sounds like, would like to give a Duterte-like go-ahead to law enforcement to start 'disappearing' a lot of our children as a quick remedy for the drug problem.



    Probably the same way they rationalize their (none / 0) (#8)
    by vml68 on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 09:15:58 PM EST
    support for Tr*mp and Bevin while hoping to keep their healthcare at the same time.

    We need to be patient. (none / 0) (#4)
    by KeysDan on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 02:25:11 PM EST
    Republicans can't help themselves. Their policies, such as they are, are their tried and untrue (tax reductions for the rich and corporations and elimination of regulations covered over by social scapegoats) and they are prone to over-reaching. It will take a little time, but it will eventually register, despite the pom poms of apologists, the propagandizing efforts of Bannon, and the media's blind eye in its quest for ratings.

     Just look at the cabinet nominees and advisers--this will surely end in teapot domish and electoral tears.  And, of course, at the top of the pile is Trump, the waiver/give him slack president (Jared Kushner, his children, Mattis, worldwide business conflicts, and tax returns), his tweeter account and his very good brain innervating the workings of his mouth.

    The big if is--- avoidance of tragedy and irreparable damage before it is too late, damage that is difficult to flee from, since it is likely to have global impact.  


    it's had a year and a half to register. so far, (none / 0) (#9)
    by cpinva on Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 10:31:02 PM EST
    nothing. his supporters, and his Philippine's counterparts, seem just as numb to reality as they ever have been. when the Japanese occupiers of the Philippines committed the same types of atrocities, they were rightly condemned (and tried, convicted and hung) as war criminals. history seems to be repeating itself there, first as tragedy.