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Philippines’ Duterte vows hangings in ‘war on crime’

Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte leaves to meet the Japanese and Chinese ambassadors to the Philippines following a press conference after almost a week of isolation since claiming victory in the presidential election in Davao City, in the southern island of Mindanao on May 16, 2016.  The leader of the Philippines' communist insurgency will be welcome to return home after nearly three decades in exile and participate in peace talks, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE


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Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to introduce executions by hanging as part of a ruthless law-and-order crackdown that would also include ordering military snipers to kill suspected criminals.
In back-to-back press conferences since his landslide victory in May 9 elections, the tough-talking mayor of southern Davao city said security forces would be given “shoot-to-kill” orders and that citizens would learn to fear the law. “Those who destroy the lives of our children will be destroyed,” Duterte said in wide-ranging comments to reporters in Davao on Monday afternoon as he outlined on his war on crime once he is sworn into office on June 30. “Those who kill my country will be killed. Simple as that. No middle ground. No apologies. No excuses.”
Duterte also vowed to roll out Davao law-and-order measures on a nationwide basis, including a 2:00 am curfew on drinking in public places and a ban on children walking on the streets alone late at night. Smoking in restaurants and hotels will also be banned. Duterte said a central part of his war on crime would be to bring back the death penalty, which was abolished in 2006 under then-president Gloria Arroyo.
Duterte said he would ask Congress to reintroduce capital punishment for a wide range of crimes, including drug trafficking, rape, murder, robbery and kidnapping-for-ransom.
He said he preferred death by hanging to a firing squad because he did not want to waste bullets, and because he believed snapping the spine with a noose was more humane. For people convicted of two major crimes, Duterte said he wanted them hanged twice. “After you are hanged first, there will be another ceremony for the second time until the head is completely severed from the body,” he said

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