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When the Philippines elected Rodrigo Duterte President they also voted in a vigilante government. Is it so far fetched Americans are looking in the same mirror with a Trump Presidency?

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Police in the Philippines have killed thirty individuals that they have identified as drug traffickers. They didn’t get their day in court because they were gunned down in the streets. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“At least 45 people with suspected links to drug trafficking have been killed in four days since Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as president of the Philippines, according to authorities.

ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest TV channel, reported on Monday that at least 29 drug and robbery suspects were killed in Bulacan province, near the capital Manila, since June 30, when Duterte took over the presidency .

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Authorities said the suspects resisted arrest and shot at police officers.

Nine other killings were reported in Manila.

Duterte won the election in May on a platform of crushing crime. But his rhetoric has alarmed many who hear echoes of the country’s authoritarian past.

After his oathtaking on Thursday, Duterte said he wanted to get rid of drug traffickers, telling supporters to “go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful”.” @TheYoungTurks

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Neldy Co
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I have watched in silence as countless media outlets across the world have portrayed the president of the Philippines as a reckless loose cannon who is enabling human rights violations and in broad strokes painting a very scary picture for a nation I hold dear. After several conversations with confused and misinformed American friends, I feel the strong need to explain some very apparent truths that most Filipinos understand that the rest of the world seems to miss out on. On May 9, 2016 President Duterte won a resounding victory over multiple candidates that represented different elements of the establishment,… Read more »
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Dear Neldy,

Thank you for giving us an ‘inside’ view. It is very easy for those an an armchair to pass judgement on a situation we have not actually walked in. I have been praying for this situation especially for the people in Davao City where there was a bombing on Friday. I am quite certain that community is now living a little on the edge.

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