A Promise Is A Promise

47 0 0 0 13 6. Relatives weep as the coffin of an alleged thief and drug pusher, who was a victim of an extrajudicial killing, is laid to rest A Promise Is A Promise Aug.

Just hours earlier, the Philippines’ new President, 71-year-old Rodrigo Duterte, had given his inaugural State of the Nation address, in which he repeated the vow that saw him elected by a landslide in early May. Castro, 46 and a father of four, was neither a drug lord nor a pusher. 31 a gram — he used to buy the drug on behalf of his friends in exchange for a bump or two. At the same time, a flirtation with meth didn’t sit well with his life as a family man and his work as a chauffeur at a nearby hotel, and Castro decided to stop cadging recreational hits before he became dependent. According to his cousin, Castro told them that his next drug run would be his last. A single bullet to the back of his head that night made Castro one of the first of nearly 2,000 Filipinos killed so far in Duterte’s brutal war on drugs. Ronald dela Rosa, told a Senate hearing on Aug.

Nobody can claim to be surprised. The carnage is exactly what Duterte promised. July 1, the day after his inauguration. He was speaking at a ceremony installing dela Rosa, his loyal henchman, as the nation’s top cop.

And so the killing time began. Executing people for drug-related offenses, judicially or otherwise, is characteristic of the region. Thailand conducted its own war on drugs in 2003 under then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and the events then — more than 13,000 arrests, over 36,000 cases of people surrendering to police, and nearly 1,200 deaths in its first month — will feel eerily familiar to Filipinos. Two decades earlier, a wave of extrajudicial executions took place in Indonesia under its autocratic leader Suharto. Thousands were murdered in the period between 1983 and 1985. Now, it’s the Philippines’ turn, and Duterte’s war may turn out to be the most ferocious yet. That day is six years away.

Jennilyn Olayres, center, cries as she follows the hearse carrying the coffin of her partner Michael Siaron during his burial at a cemetery in Manila on Aug. Duterte got elected because he promised to be tough on crime. But how bad is crime in the Philippines, and is reducing it worth the summary massacre that is now taking place? The Philippines is not listed in all columns of this U.

But comparisons can be made using figures from a 2015 report issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority. There were 232,685 cases of crimes against persons involving physical injury reported in the Philippines in 2014, for a population of 98 million. By comparison, the UNODC says there were, in the same year, nearly 375,000 cases of assault in the U. 64 million, has far fewer people. In 2014, there were 10,294 reported cases of rape in the Philippines.

But there were more than 30,000 cases in the U. 6,294 in Sweden, for a population of just 9. That same year, there were 52,798 reported robbery cases in the Philippines. 7 million people, has less than a 20th of the population of the Philippines, so the Philippine rate is much lower.