Rodrigo Duterte told a huge crowd in southern city of Davao and encouraged the public to unite with him to fight against crime, urging citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who fights back and resist arrest in their neighborhoods, promising that citizens who cooperates will be rewarded.
His citations occurred in his last month’s presidential victory celebration in Davao City.
“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support,” Duterte said, an extensive warning on illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.
Duterte backed citizen in killing and shooting a drug dealer if they will resist arrest or refuses to brought to police station and threatened them with a gun or knife. “You can kill him”, Duterte said. “Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal.”
Duterte also asked for three police generals in the main national police camp to resign immediately for involvement in crimes that he did not specify, and he could humiliate them in public if they will not quit and he could order a review of dismissed criminal cases of active policemen, suggesting that they may have bribed to go back in force.
“They go back again crucifying the Filipino,” he said. “I won’t agree to that.”
“If you’re still into drugs, I will kill you, don’t take this as a joke. I’m not trying to make you laugh, son of a bitch, I will really kill you,” he said to the huge crowd.
Some policemen have taken notice of his call for his tougher anti-crime approach while the country is waiting for the president-elect to take office.