Philippines gets taste of Rodrigo Duterte anti-crime war as police detain children, drunks in night-time blitz

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Philippines gets taste of Rodrigo Duterte anti-crime war as police detain children, drunks in night-time blitz

Post by ot mien kampf » Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:12 pm

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-12/p ... ar/7503474
Armed police detained crying children, bewildered drunks and shirtless men throughout the Philippine capital Manila in a night-time blitz that offered an authoritarian taste of life under incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.
Key points:

President-elect Duterte won office on a hardline law-and-order platform
Ahead of his inauguration, police have launched an anti-crime blitz on the streets of Manilla
Children out after curfew and the drunk and disorderly are in their sights

The incendiary lawyer won last month's elections in a landslide largely on a pledge to end or suppress what he said was rampant crime, warning the Philippines was in danger of becoming a narco-state and that tens of thousands of criminals would be killed in his crackdown.

Across the nation police have already reported killing more than 20 alleged drug suspects over the past fortnight, egged on by Mr Duterte who has urged them to begin his war on crime even before he takes office at the end of this month.

The efforts by police in Manila, a chaotic mega-city of more than 12 million people, to clean up the streets ahead of Mr Duterte being sworn in casts a light on other controversial aspects of his law-and-order campaign.
Homeless people detained in Manilla
Photo: Homeless people are detained by policemen. (AFP: Noel Ceris)

Since winning, Mr Duterte has said he will impose late-night bans on children walking the streets, alcohol sales and the national passion of karaoke singing — insisting that his crackdown must start with the fundamentals of discipline in society.

Police in Manila, eager to burnish their tough-guy credentials for their new boss, have in recent weeks begun their own versions of such night-time curfews that have seen hundreds of people detained.

In some districts police have even named the crackdowns "Oplan RODY" — an acronym for Rid the Streets of Drinkers and Youths that is also Mr Duterte's nickname.

"We all know drinking in the streets and youth roaming the streets at night are a formula for crime," Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo told AFP as he led Oplan RODY's sweep through a large southern Manila slum called CAA.
Minors temporarily detained at a police station in Manilla
Photo: Minors are detained at a police station after social workers found them roaming the streets at night. (AFP: Noel Celis)

When AFP accompanied Superintendent Modequillo's forces through CAA, children aged under 10 were taken away in police vehicles.

Two girls were in tears as they were led away by armed officers even though they were out with adult relatives.

Under Superintendent Modequillo's operation, the children were taken back to the police station for lectures and to be picked-up later by parents.

But in another part of the Manila, parents of children found on the streets at night alone were jailed.

Mr Duterte has said he intends to similarly jail parents for "abandonment", while the children will be sent to be cared for by the already overwhelmed social welfare department.
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Re: Philippines gets taste of Rodrigo Duterte anti-crime war as police detain children, drunks in night-time blitz

Post by mammothboy2 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:14 am

This sounds like a rerun of the "cleansing" of Bangkok a few years ago
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Re: Philippines gets taste of Rodrigo Duterte anti-crime war as police detain children, drunks in night-time blitz

Post by Fourkinnel » Wed Jul 06, 2016 5:26 pm

mammothboy2 wrote:This sounds like a rerun of the "cleansing" of Bangkok a few years ago
Which needs to be done again soon! Have you walked along Sukhumvit around soi3 &5 area lately?
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