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Duterte incites horrifying war crimes

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist, who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law, aside from his exhortations to his State forces to disregard basic human and people’s rights. His recent comments and pronouncements are but the latest of the series of this madman’s display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo.

The following are some of Duterte’s statements, majority were delivered in the presence of soldiers, that incite commission of war crimes, with Duterte promising immunity for his State forces:

1. On February 9, 2018, in a speech in Davao City, Duterte said he will pay PhP20,000 for each member of the New People’s Army who will be killed by the Lumad.

2. On February 7, 2018, in a remark before alleged rebel-surrenderees in Malacanang, Duterte said in Visaya:“Are there any women holding guns?’ ‘Sir, she’s a fighter. An amazon.’ ‘Shoot her in the vagina.”

3. On November 29, 2017, in a speech in Sual, Pangasinan, Duterte said soldiers should shoot and kill armed NPA rebels: “Shoot them! They will kill you anyway. If there is an armed NPA there or terrorist holding any firearms, shoot … I’ll answer for you.”

4. In a press conference held after his State of the Nation Address on July 25, 2017, Duterte threatened to bomb schools of indigenous peoples in Mindanao.

5. On May 31, 2017, in a speech during the Philippine Navy’s anniversary rites in Davao City, Duterte threatened to arrest negotiators and consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

6. In a speech before soldiers of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City on May 26, 2017, Duterte joked that soldiers could rape up to three women and that he will take responsible for this and other acts of his men in line with martial law in Mindanao.

7. On March 9, 2017, Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police to use all its assets, including newly acquired jets and drop bombs on NPA rebels: “Go ahead! Flatten the hills! If there’s collateral damage, then sorry.”

The Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) stipulates that IHL principles and standards apply to civilians or those taking no active part in the hostilities; members of armed forces who have surrendered or laid down their arms; those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds or any other cause; persons deprived of their liberty for reasons related to the armed conflict; and relatives and duly authorized representatives of above-named persons.

Peace advocates, communities and human rights activists have unceasingly demanded for the Philippine government’s compliance to the CARHRIHL, because of the Philippine government forces’ numerous violations. Duterte’s pronouncements, considered as orders from a Commander-in-Chief of the military, embolden his soldiers to commit more war crimes and fosters an atmosphere of total impunity.

Cristina Palabay
Secretary General, Karapatan
2F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City

Photo courtesy of PCOO/Malacanang

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