Trump wowed by Duterte’s anti-drug war - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Trump wowed by Duterte’s anti-drug war

US President Donald Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from GMA Network
US President Donald Trump might be out to imitate the meticulous and brazen anti-drug war tactic of President Rodrigo Duterte after expressing a need for stronger penalties against drug dealers.

In a report by Agence France-Presse, Trump was quoted saying, “some countries have a very, very tough penalty. The ultimate penalty and, by the way they, they have much less of a drug problem than we do.”

The article elaborates that Trump’s call for tougher penalties is reminiscent of rumors that the US President speaks “in glowing terms” about Duterte.

“We need strength against pushers and drug dealers,” Trump said.

“You have to have strength and you have to have toughness.”

The drug problem in the US kills about 200 Americans a day, thus, Trump advocates the use of death penalty as a way to curb the numbers.

Duterte, on the other hand, has taken down 4,021 drug personalities since he was sworn into office in June 2016.

While the opposition and activists have alleged that an estimated 12,000 officers have been killed in the anti-drug war, Duterte’s survey ratings show that most Filipinos still trust him.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is currently holding preliminary examination on the purported human rights violations.