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Cebu mayor shot dead in his office, third Philippines mayor killed in three months

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  1. [4]
    dubteedub
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    On top of this, just a few days ago Duterte ordered the arrest of his most vocal critic / political opponent. If he ends up picked up by the police, I doubt that he would last the night....

    In total, more than 15 mayors and vice-mayors have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in mid-2016, according to CNN Philippines.

    On top of this, just a few days ago Duterte ordered the arrest of his most vocal critic / political opponent. If he ends up picked up by the police, I doubt that he would last the night.

    https://tildes.net/~news/5wx/philippine_president_dutertes_plan_for_his_most_vocal_critic_lock_him_up

    If it incredibly frustrating that Trump keeps cozying up to dictators and authoritarians like Duterte, Putin, and Erdogan.

    “President Trump specifically said he has always been a friend of the Duterte administration, unlike the previous administrations of the United States,” Mr. Roque said on Monday. “He stressed that he can be counted upon as a friend of the Duterte administration.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/world/asia/trump-duterte-philippines.html

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    1. [3]
      musicotic
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      Jesus christ that's a ridiculous amount of deaths. Sounds like the death tolls for Mexican politicians.

      In total, more than 15 mayors and vice-mayors have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in mid-2016, according to CNN Philippines.

      Jesus christ that's a ridiculous amount of deaths. Sounds like the death tolls for Mexican politicians.

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      1. [2]
        dubteedub
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        For some context, Duterte has been engaging in a mass "war on drugs" in the country where he has basically told the police and his followers to go out and murder anyone involved with drugs, not...

        For some context, Duterte has been engaging in a mass "war on drugs" in the country where he has basically told the police and his followers to go out and murder anyone involved with drugs, not just dealers, but users as well, or even suspected users. This campaign had already killed over 12,000 people as of January this year.

        https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/philippines-dutertes-drug-war-claims-12000-lives

        Now the really insidious part of this ~mass-murder~ drug war campaign, is that he also put out a list of so called "drug kingpin politicians". The list included nearly every major and minor political opponent or political threat to Duterte's power. I understand that basically all of these mayors were included on those lists.

        http://time.com/5330071/philippines-mayors-political-assassination-duterte/

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        1. starchturrets
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          For context, Ferdinand Marcos killed ~5,000 over his entire stint as dictator.

          For context, Ferdinand Marcos killed ~5,000 over his entire stint as dictator.

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