#Philippines’ Duterte Urges #Maoists to Kill Drug Traffickers | News | teleSUR English

Philippines’ Duterte Urges Maoists to Kill Drug Traffickers | News | teleSUR English – His remarks were intended for any number of left-wing insurgencies — including the communist New People’s Army, or NPA — that are engaged in a grueling five-decades war with the government that has resulted in the deaths of more than 120,000 people and left 2 million internally displaced. A former local prosecutor, Duterte won May’s election in a landslide after a campaign in which he pledged to end crime within six months, in large measure by providing security forces with a shoot-to-kill mandate. In his inauguration speech on Thursday, Duterte seemed to backtrack from his campaign stance by insisting that his adherence to the rule of law was “uncompromising,” an effort, many observers surmised, to reassure human rights groups that he had no plans to orchestrate mass extrajudicial killings.

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