Seares: Duterte ‘clones’ warn of killings

"Patayan sa drugs. Patayan talaga ito sa drugs. Kayong mga drug lord diyan, humanda na at talagang sagasaan ko kayo."
-- Ronald de la Rosa, Rodrigo Duterte's choice as PNP chief

"I have a general message to the police. If you kill a drug lord in line of duty, you get P50,000 basta legal or in line of duty."
-- Tomas Osmeña, Cebu City mayor-elect

BOTH Ronald de la Rosa, would-be chief of the 120,000-member national police, and Tomas Osmeña, Cebu City's mayor starting June 30, like clones of Rodrigo Duterte, preach the gospel of violence.

De la Rosa's "patayan" (killings) over drugs and Osmeña's "kill-a-drug-lord" are messages of death, a constant theme in Duterte's campaign narrative.

The difference: "Bato" (Rock) de la Rosa's carries no proviso on lawful means while Osmeña's has a tag: the killing must be legal or in line of duty.

Bato's threat is as unlimited as PDut's pitch about blood of criminals flowing on streets and bodies being fed to Manila Bay's fishes.

Tomas's condition is still disturbing. A drug den raid is in line of duty but if a cop executes a suspect in briefs, with hands raised, the killing is definitely not lawful.

The reward induces police to blur or cross lines in PNP "rules of engagement." A suspect will appear to a police officer as a human being but a ticket to P50,000 prize money.

Livelihood

Tomas urged police to form their own hunter's team, with bounty killings as their "extra source of livelihood." That takes it out of the realm of law enforcement into the business arena. A dead suspect is rewarding; a cuffed live suspect is not.

That the offer extends to barangay tanods and civilians may spawn a city of bounty hunters. With the kind of justice in the U.S. wild west and the Japanese occupation's "juez de cutsillo."

Good? Shout "Hurray" if you must.

(paseares@gmail.com)
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