September 13, 2019
Another brilliant strategy of governance from Rody Duterte.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has invited citizens to shoot, but not kill, any public officials they witness taking bribes, promising immunity from prosecution, provided the corrupt bureaucrat survives.
The unorthodox presidential ‘order’ also called on Filipinos to beat up corrupt officials they encounter, the Manilla Bulletin reports, despite the likely disastrous consequences for law and order.
“If you pay a tax, a fee or get a certificate, and the officials ask for a bribe, hit them. If you have weapons, you can shoot them, but don’t kill, because during the proceedings you may not receive a pardon,” the outspoken leader said. He added that those who take him up on the offer “will not be sent to prison, but will only be seriously punished physically.”
The president is known for his off-the-cuff remarks and dark-humored jokes as much as he is for actually seeing plans through, with a violent drug war that has been repeatedly criticized by rights groups, the UN and the wider international community.
As of January 2019, some 5,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the drug war, though rights groups claim the number could be more than double that.
You know, this is possible in any so-called democracy, because even in utterly corrupt shitholes like the United States of America, the chief executive has an absolute power to pardon anyone.
So, just for example, Donald Trump could tell people to go out and shoot journalists in the street and promise to pardon them. There would be absolutely nothing illegal about him doing that. He could do it later this afternoon, and no one could do anything about it. You’d turn on CNN and they’d all be hiding on the top floor of their tower with a bunch of incels, gymcels, gamers and anti-pit bull activists circling in pick-up trucks down below, waving around AR-15s and yelling through bullhorns “YOU CAN’T STAY IN THERE FOREVER!”