This is ironic! While some politicians and their ilks are attacking Duterte in different fronts, an Irishman is defending Duterte from critics.
Irishman Aidan Tasker-Lynch took to Facebook to write a well-researched piece of article quashing the various allegations hurled against Duterte portraying him as a bloodthirsty and trigger-happy leader.
The Irishman exhibited his mastery of the Cebuano language by translating perfectly the controversial Cebuano statements made by Duterte in the past, which has been used by critics in painting grim image of Duterte before the international stage.
The Irishman also included statistical figures from 2010-2015 under the previous administration to demonstrate that the killings was worse than under the current administration.
Based on the stats, the Irishman concluded that a measly 1% were killed in legitimate police operations while the rest are the handiwork of the drug syndicates who are either killing each other due to turf war or an internal cleansing process to protect their identity.
As of the writing, the post has gathered 830 shares, 1,000 reactions and 62 comments.
Check out the full text of the post below.
To all the people who don’t know much about Duterte, nor on what is going on in the Philippines, yet kept on throwing out baseless statements, let me demonstrate this as much as necessary:
First, there is no law in the Philippines which prohibits a president to threathen criminals and potential criminals with death. Therefore, there is no crime at all when Duterte said: “if you destroy my country, I will kill you, and if you deprive us of our next generation, I will destroy you.”
Second, “go and hunt for them, arrest them if possible, but if they present a violent resistance, thereby placing your life in jeopardy, shoot.” — that was Duterte’s order to policemen, it’s being taught in military schools — the right to defend, and is a standard protocol of every country. Thus, he’s not ordering the policemen to shoot for no reason.
Third, Duterte was investigated by a former SOJ (Secretary of Justice) and former CHR (Commission on Human Rights) Chair (now a senator) named Leila de Lima and a UN (United Nations) Special Rapporteur Philip Alston, back when he was a mayor in Davao City, Philippines. They did not file a case against him at that time. They found nothing.
Fourth, Duterte said: “Talagang naghahanap ako ng engkwentro para makapatay” (I was really looking for confrontation so I could kill). Confrontation means #2: the criminals resort to violent resistances frequently with arms, by means endangering the enforcer’s life. In a sane society, the criminals and potential criminals should be afraid of the police, not the other way around.
Fifth, under Duterte’s mayorship, Davao City, Philippines was named as the fourth (4th) safest city and hits nine percent (9%) of growth.
Sixth, it was really a shootout when Duterte admits #4 but the nternational media portrays him as he admitted killing “suspected criminals”. Those are criminals, not suspects. In addition, it was a legitimate operation — Duterte was along with policemen, was covered by the media and investigated by the CHR (Commission on Human Rights) back then. Duterte was telling a story concerning his mayorship for twenty three (23) years. The international media now, again did not do any research, there is a thing called ‘digging up the past’.
Seventh, under Duterte’s administration a mega-drug rehabilitation center has been constructed which can include ten thousand (10,000) patients and there are more to be built as his term goes on. Plus, Duterte allocates one billion pesos (Php 1,000,000,000.00) for free medicines and another one billion pesos (Php 1,000,000,000.00) for drug rehabilitation from the money which he recieved personally from PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp).
Eight, years before Duterte has not became a president yet, there are already numerous killings in the Philippines. Here are the statistics:
Murder and Homicide in Philippines
2010 – 12,352
2011 – 11,864
2012 – 11,506
2013 – 16,160
2014 – 13,105
2015 – 12,481
– PNP (Philippine National Police) Directorate for Investigative and Detective Management.
The average killings since the year 2010 are almost the same.
Ninth, Duterte is doing the following to stop the cause which is mainly due to poverty:
1. Constructing/Constructed Mega-drug rehabilitation centers (already mentioned in #7).
2. Alloting money for free medicines and drug rehabilitation (already mentioned in #7).
3. Approved 2017 budget that includes free tuition fees for all SUCs (State Universities and Colleges).
4. Filing of criminal cases against narco-politicians, policemen, celebrities and personalities.
5. Attracted investments from different countries to generate more jobs.
Tenth, currently there are more than a million of surrenderees. Here are the statistics:
War on Narco-Politics Stats
Latest update covering the period from July 1, 2016 to January 24, 2017 (6:00 AM) on Project: Double Barrel Alpha
1. Number of operations conducted: 42,798
2. Illegal Drug Personalities
A. Killed: 2,512
B. Arrested: 51,882
3. Project: Oplan-Tokhang
A. Number of houses visited: 6,808,581
B. Total number of illegal drug surrenderers: 1,173,212
I. Illegal drug pushers: 79,251
II. Illegal drug users: 1,093,961
4. Casualties on Police Operations
A. PNP (Philippine National Police)
I. KIPO (Killed in Police Operation): 35
II. WIPO (Wounded in Police Operation): 84
(The 13 KIPO and 10 WIPO are still for validation.)
B. AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines)
I. KIA (Killed in Action): 3
II. WIA (Wounded in Action): 8
– PROs (Philippine Regional Offices).
2,512 killed in legitimate operations adding the 4,000+ DUI (Deaths Under Investigation) or are according to mainstream media as EJK (Extra-Judicial Killings). These are carried off by illegal drug syndicates (cleansing their own ranks), scalawag policemen, vigilantes and some are like heart attacks and cancers (media included some of natural causes). Consider it 7000+.
7000+ out of 1,000,000+ is less than 1% (0.007 or so).
Therefore, 99% are alive.
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Irishman writes open letter defending Duterte from critics who don’t know much about him