As seems to be the case with all “moral” crusades, it appears that the main protagonist in the murder of drug users is actually as guilty as anybody. Duterte himself has an opioid addiction thanks to his Fentanyl use, and now there are suggestions that his son is a kingpin involved in the import and sale of crystal meth. You couldn’t make it up. Do we think that Duterte will have his son executed, as per his the mandate for others in the country, or do we think that he’ll be given a special pardon? I think we all know how this works, sadly.
In a Think Progress article, claims were laid-out against Duterte’s son:
The son of Philippine strongman Rodrigo Duterte has denied any involvement with a seized Chinese shipment of 1,300 pounds of crystal meth, worth roughly $125 million.
Paolo Duterte has been accused by opponents of helping to facilitate the entry of the massive shipment into the port of Manila, along with his brother-in-law Manases Carpio. According to Bloomberg Politics, a broker who handled the shipment claimed the smugglers had links with the two men.
Senator Antonio Trillanes, who has been a staunch critic of the President’s regime, said that his son Paolo Duterte had a “dragon-like” tattoo with secret digits on his back, which proved his involvement with drug smuggling. Paolo Duterte admitted he had the tattoo, but when asked whether or he’d allow a photo of it to be sent to the DEA for analysis, he said “no way.”
Since coming to power in June 2016, Rodrigo Duterte has waged a brutal, bloody campaign against drugs that has left over 9,000 dead. The Philippines President promised a crackdown on crime during his electoral campaign, and said that he would be “happy to slaughter” the millions of addicts in his country.
The United Nations, including U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley, have repeatedly condemned Duterte’s government for human rights violations. But, in a phone call prior to his inauguration, Donald Trump praised the “unbelievable job” that Duterte was doing.