By Tyler Durden
Though recent polls suggest broad public support in the Philippines for President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs, the recent death of a 17-year-old boy in what appears to be an execution style killing by police, has resulted in mass public backlash and has dominated headlines since the boy’s August 16th death. But in typical Duterte style, instead of dialing down his rhetoric he went off script Monday while delivering a prepared speech and addressed police across the nation with the directive, “you are free to kill idiots.”
The inflammatory words came just two days after the funeral-turned-protest of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos, who was laid to rest in a Manila cemetery Saturday. The funeral procession quickly became one of the largest protests to date against Duterte’s drug war, as it was joined by thousands expressing anger at what is widely perceived as a national police force run wild which kills innocents with impunity while targeting poorer neighborhoods.
17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. Image source: Facebook
Such domestic opposition had been largely muted until the Delos Santos case. Released CCTV footage now featured frequently in national TV broadcasts is likely what has galvanized people to take to the streets after particularly bloody summer. According …read more