'Truth spoken without moderation reverses itself'
This blog is a source for intellectual exploration. It includes a list of alternative resources and a source of free books. The placement of an article does not imply that I agree with it, merely that I found it thought-provoking. There are also poems and book reviews. Texts written by me are labelled. Readers are free to re-post anything they like.
Monday, August 29, 2016
"My God, Duterte, stop doing this" - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs - By Euan McKirdy,
Philippines (CNN) Lifeless
bodies lying on the streets of the Philippines are a visceral sign of new
President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. So far more than 1,900
people have died. Of those more than 700 have been killed in police operations
since Duterte took office in late June, according to police statistics. Many of
the unsolved deaths are attributed to vigilantes.
Duterte's tough talk
on the country's drug and crime problems won him the election and, 60 days on
from his inauguration, he remains extremely popular. "Double your
efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord,
the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars --
or below the ground, if they so wish," he said in his July 25 State of the
A Senate inquiry is underway into the police and the
extrajudicial killings. Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa told the committee there
was no shoot to kill order, but people are happy with what the police are
doing, despite mistakes by officers. "We are only human...We admit we make
mistakes, we are not perfect," he said. Dela Rosa said that
of his officers were suspected of involvement in the drug trade and
would be relieved of their duties and tried in court.
But for all the
plaudits, including a 91% approval rating President Duterte received for
cracking down on drug dealers and addicts, there are families
swamped, rehab centers overwhelmed. CNN spent a week in
Manila and met six people living and working close to the bloodstained