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“If it’s drugs, you shoot and kill. That’s the arrangement.”

Philippine police have been ordered to kill those caught trafficking drugs. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said publicly during a Cabinet meeting that he wanted a revised crackdown on the country’s drug trafficking. The country’s leader is known for his strong anti-drug and hard-ball stance on drug dealing and trafficking, backed by the national police, where more than 5,700 alleged drug suspects have been killed.

The president gave the order to Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrer, who is a retired army general and former military chief of staff. While the commissioner did not attend the meeting, Duterte reiterated to the Cabinet what he told the commissioner in a previous meeting. The president mentioned he approved the commissioner’s request for firearms, but no one has been killed yet using the new guns, telling the customs officer to “shape up.”

“Drugs are still flowing inside the country through customs … I approved the purchase of firearms and until now you haven’t killed even one? I told him, ‘Shape up’ … I told him straight, ‘Drugs are still flowing in. I’d like you to kill there … anyway, I’ll back you up and you won’t get jailed. If it’s drugs, you shoot and kill. That’s the arrangement.”

The president has a history of threatening drug dealers, but has also denied ordering the extrajudicial killings. More than 5,700 drug suspects were killed during the 4 year anti-drug campaign. Most of the suspects were poor. Duterte claims those killed by police during the campaign threatened the lives of police officers.

Human rights groups got involved and the alleged crimes were reviewed by the International Criminal Court. In independent investigations by human rights groups, they found that some police killings were allegedly covered up by authorities. They say the scene was altered and police officers allegedly placed firearms in the victims’ hands to make it look like they fought back.

Police have responded by saying, if the human rights groups do have evidence of the alleged misconduct, then they should file criminal complaints in court.

In 2018, President Duterte placed the military in control of the customs bureau after large shipments of methamphetamine entered the country through Manila. Duterte says he will continue the crackdown in his remaining two years as president.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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    Toby Andrews

    September 2, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I was there in February.
    The newspapers were full of what the police called a buy bust.
    The police ordered drugs, and when they arrived, just shot the drug dealers. Well that is what the newspapers say.
    Apparently the drug dealers did not expect to be survive and just opened fire.
    No:”You have a right to a lawyer. You have a right to remain silent.”
    The police gave them the right to remain silent by shooting them.
    One was a town mayor and son. The drug dealers I mean not the policemen.

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      S. Sparde

      September 3, 2020 at 2:03 am

      wtf, I love Duterte now.

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    murika

    September 2, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    so selling drug is worst than murder a drug dealer ? for the first you die for the second you get a reward from the president, what a F*** up world we live in !

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      CJK

      September 3, 2020 at 3:57 am

      Found the degenerate druggy. I hope Duterte comes for you next.

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    Pedro

    September 2, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Duterte is a murderer. He admitted that. When he needs someone new to blame, he’ll kill your family members. And in the end, the relatives of those murdered by Duterte and his supporters will be the target of a mass kill off. A desire for revenge is the result of murderous regimes like Duterte’s.

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    Perceville Smithers

    September 2, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    It’s been a few yrs since I’ve been to the Philippines.

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      S.S.

      September 3, 2020 at 2:04 am

      Fascinating story. Really worth making a comment for.

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    Ynwaps

    September 3, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Yet we place sanctions on Russia and China. Government don’t care about human rights. Not going to visit the Philippines or any other shithole countries that kill the poor.

    Also if you give poor people enough heroin and rip them of their opportunities, the matter will take care of it self.

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    Preesy Chepuce

    September 3, 2020 at 9:49 am

    The whole place sounds like a trap house.

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    Hazzard

    September 3, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Without any trial , that is a murder !

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Protest leaders face charges for violating the lèse majesté law and for installing the plaque

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Leaders of the weekend’s pro-democracy protest in Bangkok are facing charges for violating the lèse majesté law and installing the plaque at a registered historical site. Police filed complaints against 10 to possibly more than 16 protesters.

It’s unclear how many protesters will be charged, but the Royal Thai Police spokesperson Piya Uthayo says charges will be pressed against those who “pulled the strings.” He says the Chanasongkhram Police have received several lèse majesté complaints. Under the lèse majesté law, it is illegal to insult or defame the Thai Monarchy. Piya says police will take the strongest legal actions possible against those who undermined the Monarchy.

A lèse majesté complaint was filed by a leader of the pro-government “multi-coloured shirts movement” Tul Sittisomwong who said the protesters had “once again crossed the line,” according to the Bangkok Post.

“I don’t mind if they talked about politics, the prime minister or the constitution because they have the right to do so, but not about the monarchy.”

The Bangkok Post says around 10 protesters will be charged with violating the Public Assembly Act and Criminal Code while 4 people will be charged with violating the lèse majesté law. Thai PBS estimates at least 16 people face charges for violating the lèse majesté law and installing the plaque.

Protesters installed a plaque at the Royal Ground next to the Grand Palace, known as Sanam Luang. The pro-democracy plaque symbolically renamed the area Sanam Ratsadon, or People’s Ground. The plaque disappeared and the spot was covered with concrete after less than 24 hours. Police say they removed the plaque because it would be used as evidence against protest leaders.

The Fine Arts Department and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration filed complaints with police over the installation of the plaque, saying the protesters broke the law by causing damage to an archaeological site. The department says the plaque installation violates the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act, as Sanam Luang is a historical site protected by law.

They also say rally leaders broke into Thammasat University and entered Sanam Luang without permission. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration also asked police to take action against protesters who destroyed barriers and fences at the university as well as the damage done when installing the plaque at Sanam Luang, according to Metropolitan Police Bureau deputy spokesperson Chiraphat Bhumichitr.

“The protesters damaged BMA properties and violated the Act on the Maintenance of the Cleanliness and Orderliness of the Country.”

SOURCES: Thai PBS | Bangkok Post

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Police officer allegedly shot and killed a woman at a Bangkok temple

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A police officer allegedly shot and killed a woman making merit at a Bangkok temple yesterday. The 35 year old police officer, Siriwan Sumredsilpa, turned herself in to police.

Siriwan allegedly approached the 39 year old woman from behind and shot her 4 times in the head. She was making merit that morning at the Nimmanoradee Temple in Bangkok around 7am yesterday morning.

The victim, Linlada Phattanphan, went to the temple that morning with her maid and roommate, 52 year old Maneerat Srithornrat. As the 2 of them were about to head home, a woman, who appeared to be 35 to 40 years old, came up behind Linlada and shot her multiple times at a close range, Maneerat told police.

Surveillance camera footage shows the shooter wearing a cap and face mask. The video shows the shooter getting out of a vehicle parked in a black SUV next to the victim’s car right when Linlada was about to drive home. The alleged shooter then then fled the scene.

Police say the shooter grabbed Linlada’s hands and neck before firing the gun. When officers from the Phasi Charoen Police Station arrived at the scene, they found Linlada on the ground next to her car in a pool of blood. A forensic team from the Siriraj Hospital responded to the scene and said the woman was shot with 9mm bullets.

Siriwan went to the Sriprachan Police Station in Suphanburi province later that afternoon and allegedly confessed to the shooting. Police say she shot Linlada due to a personal dispute.

The Phasi Charoen Police Station is still investigating. No charges have been reported.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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Border police find 160 kilograms of marijuana hidden in fertiliser sacks

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Border police found 160 kilograms of compressed marijuana near an Isaan roadside. Police say they believe the marijuana was trafficked across the Mekong River. No suspects were found and no arrests were made, at this stage.

Police suspect the marijuana was smuggled in on long tail boats from Laos to the Isaan province of Nakhon Phanom during the tropical storm Noul over the weekend. A Border Patrol Police commander, Apisit Rodnoy, says the marijuana was gradually brought across the Mekong River and onto the riverbank in the border district Tha Uthen.

Police say they found 4 fertiliser sacks near a road. The sacks had 200 packages of marijuana adding up to 160 kilograms. Police say it was ready to be picked up by traffickers.

Over the past month, more than a tonne of marijuana has been seized in the province. Police say the compressed marijuana is sold for 3,000 to 5,000 baht per kilogram along the border, but the cost goes up in inner provinces to around 15,000 to 20,000 baht per kilogram.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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