@Tiger Come Lately:
This guy is an absolute nutter.
I wonder how many innocent people have been killed as a result of his war on drugs.
There is a part of me that says is there an alternative cause how many innocent lives have been lost as a result of the actions of addicts and dealers.
Whilst i enjoyed the threads about some of the happy times of my youth, i saw what heroin did to a lot of people in Sydney and now hear second hand what ice is doing and our government needs to take a hard line on those found producing and selling this stuff!
For about half a century of course all of Australia agreed to the (soft) imprisonment option but as you hint where did it get us. We have guys in max security for decades and it does not deter them at all - still carrying business via mobile phones etc. . That is exactly what Duterte says, prison does not scare them, it is only the death penalty that scares them.
About 600,000 pushers/addicts have already surrendered in the Philippines, Duterte wants another 1.2 million to surrender, he is very sensitive, he apologised to the nation that he cannot clean up the problem in six months like he promised in election speeches, a lot worse that he thought he stated, so he asked for an extension of another year to do the “clean up”. I have always been on the side of due process and human rights absolutely except this time I am split. (I have even canvassed for such in the Philippines from Australia). But I ponder that if Duterte stops the problem over there will never be solved - there are narco politicians there who thrive on drug money and wipe out any opposition. Whether it be opposing drug runners or do-gooders trying to clean the place up.
The biggest question is that Duterte is still alive - he hasn’t been knocked off yet. But he states he is prepared to die for the cause and that he only lives once and if that is his destiny then so be it.
It is alleged that he had is daughters boyfriend knocked off because he did not approve.
When thinking about the Pope’s visit, he could have came at mid-night to avoid clogging up the city for half a day.