Continuing his pivot away from American allies, Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ordered the US military out of the nation's unrestful southern zone of Mindanao, despite a January high court ruling that they should stay, and without any prior consultation with the United States.
The widening gyre that is Rodrigo Duterte's criminal career.
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- At least 10 mayors in the Philippines have been killed since Duterte's rise—he may be targeting political opponents.
- Duterte boasts that as a teenager he stabbed someone to death "over a look."
Philippines police are doing deadly door-to-door raids on neighborhood "hit lists" drawn up by local officials without any due process.
President Duterte told a sympathetic audience Wednesday that Obama and the State Department should "go to hell," intimating that he would take steps to replace American influence with Russian or Chinese support.
The United States has repeatedly put the Phillipines on notice over Duterte's encouragement of extrajudicial killings. The country's national police chief reported that Duterte's pressure has led his office to a state of war, though it's unclear against whom; police have killed 1,375 in anti-drug operations, but it's not specified how many were users or dealers, and more than 2,000 more deaths have been attributed to vigilantes.
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The purpose of President Duterte’s open calls for violence, rather ironically, is for peace—to end crime and corruption perceived as endemic in the Philippines. He offered a simple, horrifying solution that tens of millions of Filipinos elected him to implement through unrestricted police operations, death squads, and hired assassins.↩︎ GQ
Duterte has made waves for targeting drug users, but he also plans to go after Abu Sayyaf, a jihadist group that has pledged allegiance to ISIS. Recently they beheaded a teenage ransom, and affiliates claimed responsibility for a bombing in Duterte's hometown that killed more than a dozen. In response, the president threatened the terrorists with retaliatory cannibalism: "When the time comes, I will eat you alive in front of people. If you make me mad, in all honesty, I will eat you alive, raw."
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