We have previously discussed the total meltdown in the Philippine’s with the election of Rodrigo Duterte, a man whose hostility toward civil liberties is match only by the uncertainty over his sanity. We have previously discussed Duterte’s foul-mouthed tenure in office, including profanities directed at the Pope, President Obama, and anyone else objecting to his evisceration of human rights and the rule of law. Recently Duterte bragged about how he personally murdered suspects as an example for police who were a bit more reluctant to engage in extrajudicial murders. Now, Duterte has bragged that he personally threw suspect to his death from a helicopter. Duterte continues to brag about his extrajudicial murders but there remains no action taken against him.
In a speech at Camarines Sur in the northern Philippines on Tuesday, Duterte reportedly said that he threw an alleged kidnapper out of the helicopter while he was mayor of Davao City: “If you are corrupt, I will fetch you with a helicopter and I will throw you out on the way to Manila,” the newspaper quoted him as saying in Tagalog during the speech. “I have done that before, why should I not do it again?”
Duterte is a disgrace to the Philippines and seems to be devoid of any semblance of decency or humanity. That was evident during the campaign when he said that he would have “been first” in line to join the gang rape of an Australian missionary killed in a prison riot in 1989.
So now he is chatting about throwing people from helicopters as part of his extrajudicial murders. After being elected on the promise of killing criminal suspects, Duterte is clearly counting on effective immunity from any criminal charges. So far he is right.