- President Rodrigo Duterte tells soldiers to kill criminals when they resist or even if they surrender
- He says that he will protect them as long as he is president
- He also says that it is not an illegal order because he has raged a war against drugs
President Rodrigo Duterte has again issued strong orders to security forces on Wednesday, September 21.
Facing the 10th Infantry Division in Compostela Valley, the President told soldiers to shoot criminals down.
“Pagka bumunot, patayin mo. Pag hindi bumunot, patayin mo rin putang ina para matapos na. Eh kaysa mawala pa ‘yung baril. Ako na bahala sa inyo,” he was quoted in a Rappler story.
[If he pulls a gun, kill him. Even if he doesn’t, kill him still. Damn it, so it will be over. We won’t lose the gun. I’ll back you up.]
Amid the order, Duterte vowed that he will protect security forces who will do their jobs.
“For as long as I am the president, nobody but nobody – no military man or policeman will go to prison because they performed their duties,” he said.
Since Duterte has raged war against illegal drugs, there have been more than 3,000 casualties that increase by the day. Over 1,100 of these deaths happened during police operations while the remaining number are still being investigated. It is suspected that these are vigilante killings.
Duterte, however, clarified that he is not ordering the soldiers something illegal since the country is “at war”.
“Hindi ako mag-order ng illegal. ‘Wag kayong maniwala diyan,” he said. [I won’t order something illegal. Don’t believe that.]
“I did not order you and the police to perform punitive police action. I have declared war against the drug syndicates in this country. You know what is war. War is war,” he added.