October 6th, 2016
Since the election of Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte, at least 3,000 people have been killed in extra-judicial executions. Adding to the atmosphere of terror, the government has initiated a program encouraging people who use drugs and dealers to “surrender” to authorities. Government officials claim that 700,000 people have accepted the terms of “surrender” in the hopes they would avoid a grisly fate.
And now, critics are worried that these government “amnesty programs” are being used to make “kill lists” reports the Telegraph.
Lawyers are saying that people who have accepted the amnesty program have ended up dead or on kill lists. The Telegraph reported on the death of Jeremiah Magno, who had “surrendered” to police two months before he was murdered. Jeremiah Magno’s older brother John-Paul told the Telegraph that he had convinced his brother to turn himself in out of fear he would be harmed.
“I told him I didn’t want him to end up lying [dead] on the pavement.” According to John-Paul his brother had signed and stuck by a pledge to stay drug-free.
In a different incident, a five-year-old girl named Danica Mae was killed during an attempt to kill her grandfather Maximo Garcia, who had somehow ended up on a police list of drug dealers. According to the Telegraph, Philippine police are blaming many of the killings on “gangs” yet not surprisingly they have yet to solve a single one of the murders.