Duterte turns to drug war tactics to fight pandemic in the Philippines
“You can’t trust the police,” said Jose, who spoke on the condition that his full name would be withheld to protect his safety. “There’s a chance it could get worse.”
In tackling the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte and his officials are turning to tactics such as mass arrests and threats of state violence — methods employed to deadly effect in his war on drugs. The populist leader has enforced one of the world’s longest and most stringent lockdowns, yet with more than 82,000 cases of covid-19 and almost 2,000 deaths, the country has one of the region’s highest tolls.
“Together, we shall fight this pandemic with the same fervor as our campaign against illegal drugs, criminality, insurgency and corruption in high places and entrenched parochial interests,” Duterte said in a State of the Nation address Monday. He defended his actions in the speech, saying the government response had prevented up to 3.5 million infections.
Authorities have arrested thousands for breaching curfew, interrupted charity and relief …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]