Since coming to power in 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared a total war on drug trafficking, with a record of 12,000 deaths by executions without trial. But the president says: God will take care of the victims.
Accustomed with shattering statements, little stingy in insults for the great of this world, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has a complex relationship with God. While human rights organizations blame him for the numerous extrajudicial killings in the context of his war against drug trafficking in the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte appealed to the Creator on August 3.
“You will enjoy your human rights up there in paradise,” he told the victims of executions, speaking on the occasion of the inauguration that same day, a center of detoxification in the south of the Philippine archipelago. “Because God has promised to you, victims of extrajudicial executions, that you will go to paradise,” said the bubbling Filipino leader, according to the English-language news site The Rappler . And to add: “That’s what I said to God.”
Rodrigo Duterte seems to have reconciled with Heaven. Last June, in cold weather with the Philippine Catholic Church, he called the Most High “stupid” and even “son of p ***”, before asking forgiveness a few weeks later . In the meantime, he had demanded a selfie as proof of God’s existence.
— RT France (@RTenfrancais) October 28, 2016
After his election in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte launched a war on drugs, an endemic problem in the Philippines. According to the NGO Human Rights Watch, this war has claimed more than 12,000 victims, executed either by the police or by unidentified killers. In June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte announced the color and called on his fellow citizens to kill the drug traffickers themselves.