Promotion of armed vigilantes, open endorsement for Duterte death squads

Marco Valbuena | Chief Information Officer | Communist Party of the Philippines June 29, 2021

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounces Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for promotion of armed vigilantism when he called for the arming of police-organized groups and abetting them to kill.

Duterte’s outright promotion of armed vigilantes is an open endorsement of the operation of his death squads which, together with the state police forces, have carried out a nationwide campaign of mass murder against innocents and suspected criminals since 2016.

The murderous operations of the Duterte Death Squad (DDS), which started in Davao City when Duterte was mayor, combined with the use of police and military forces as his own private army, has served as the foundation of Duterte’s tyrannical reign.

The open promotion of armed vigilantes exposes his anti-criminal crusade as a sham. His so-called “war on drugs” is nothing but a cover to conceal his use of the police and miltiary to make the criminal syndicates bow before him as the ultimate criminal lord.