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Thursday, March 1, 2018


            Let us see how the Twin Presidents opinion on death penalty for drug dealers:

NOTE: Unit 1012 is not here to make any political endorsement. We just want to show two different leaders opinion on capital punishment. 

Caricature of Donald Trump and Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte versus Donald Trump on Gun Rights

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. – Donald Trump

"Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun - you have my support," Duterte said.
If a drug dealer resists arrest or refuses to be brought to a police station and threatens a citizen with a gun or a knife, "you can kill him", Duterte said.

"Shoot him and I'll give you a medal."

He also said  that drug addicts could not be rehabilitated and warned, "If you are involved in drugs, I will kill you. You son of a whore, I will really kill you."

Trump Talks Up Death Penalty For Drug Dealers
Tom Angell , Contributor

I cover the policy and politics of marijuana

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

President Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday (March 1, 2018), seemed to imply he supports executing people who sell illegal drugs.

“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty. The ultimate penalty," he said. "And by the way they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties."

The president said he thinks sellers of illegal drugs don't get punished harshly enough in the U.S.

"We have pushers and we have drug dealers that kill hundreds and hundreds of people and most of them don't even go to jail," he said. "If you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty. These people [who sell drugs] can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them."

The public remarks, at a White House event on opioids issues, come just days after Axios reported that Trump has privately told a number of people that he supports executing drug sellers.

We've begin a nationwide effort to remove criminal aliens, gang members, drug dealers and others who pose a threat to public safety. – Donald Trump

"Forget the laws on human rights. If I make it to the presidential palace, I will do just what I did as mayor. You drug pushers, hold-up men and do-nothings, you better go out. Because I'd kill you," he said at his final campaign rally. "I'll dump all of you into Manila Bay, and fatten all the fish there." – Rodrigo Duterte

Jonathan Swan

I’ve learned in past two days that Trump has talked up the Chinese, Filipino and Singaporean systems of killing drug dealers to even more people than I originally thought. List includes members of Congress (including some in leadership) & foreign leaders.

Last year, Trump was quoted in a leaked transcript of a phone call with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte praising that nation's bloody “war on drugs” that has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings.

“I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” he was quoted as saying. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

The International Criminal Court began an inquiry into that country's drug war killings last month.

While the president has made a number of suggestive comments implying he supports radically stepped up drug enforcement and harsher penalties in recent months, the new comments are the closest he has come in public to endorsing the death penalty for people who sell controlled substances.

At a signing ceremony in January for a bill providing drug screening technology to border patrol agents, for example, he suggested he has a particular drug policy in mind that he’s not sure the county is quite ready for.

"No matter what you do, this is something that keeps pouring in. And we’re going to find the answer," he said. "There is an answer. I think I actually know the answer, but I’m not sure the country’s ready for it yet. Does anybody know what I mean? I think so.”

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At his rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, President Donald J. Trump pledged to continue going after gangs like MS-13.

“Do not destroy my country or the youth.” – Rodrigo Duterte

At another event this year, Trump noted how other countries handle drug selling with “very, very tough measures” and decrying that "we’re not prepared to do that, I guess, they say, as a country.”

And in his State of the Union address he vaguely vowed to get “much tougher on drug dealers and pushers.”

Speaking in front of administration officials and stakeholders in the addiction recovery, treatment and law enforcement communities at the opioids event on Thursday, Trump said, "the drug dealers and the drug pushers are really doing damage."

"We need strength with respect to the pushers and to the drug dealers. If you don't do that you're never going to solve the problem," he added. "If you want to be weak and you want to talk about just blue ribbon committees, that's not the answer. The answer is you have to have strength and you have to have toughness."

The president also spoke about litigation against opioids manufacturers and broader reforms to drug policy and enforcement, saying his administration is "going to be rolling out policy over the next three weeks, and it'll be very, very strong."

The sentiment in favor of responding to drug issues with harsh penalties and enforcement clashes with legalization comments Trump made in support of legalizing drugs in 1990.

“We’re losing badly the war on drugs. You have to legalize drugs to win that war,” he said, according to newspaper reports. “You have to take the profit away from these drug czars."

Much more recently, in a meeting about guns on Wednesday, the president seemed to imply that prohibition and policing can never eliminate the illegal drug market.

“The problem is you have a real black market. They don’t worry about anything... They sell a gun and the buyer doesn’t care and the seller — that’s one of the problems we are all going to have," he said. “And you have that problem with drugs. You make the drugs illegal and they come, you’ve never had a problem like that. We’re fighting it hard, but you’ve never had a problem like this."

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Trump suggests death penalty for drug dealers during White House meeting on opioids
David Jackson, USA TODAY Published 3:54 p.m. ET March 1, 2018 | Updated 9:24 p.m. ET March 1, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Trump broached the idea of instituting the death penalty for drug dealers on Thursday, but stopped short of formally proposing it.

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty — the ultimate penalty," Trump said during a White House conference on the opioid crisis. "And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties."

The Philippines and Singapore are among countries that execute drug dealers, and Trump has discussed those policies in meetings with the leaders of those countries, officials said.

Critics have assailed Trump's praise of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose self-proclaimed war on drugs has included extra-judicial killings.

In discussing the nation's epidemic of pain killer addiction at the White House, Trump said he will be "rolling out policy" over the next three weeks, and that he has spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about possibly filing lawsuits against opioid companies.

He also amplified the theme of harsh penalties for those who traffic illegally in drugs.

"You know, if you shoot one person, they give you life, they give you the death penalty," Trump said. "These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them."

" you're really right, trump. I'm impressed with you. You are telling the truth (you are right, trump. I'm impressed with you. You are telling the truth),"-President Rody Duterte

Duterte elated with Trump’s PH drug war comment
Updated March 3, 2018, 12:10 PM
By Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte is elated that US President Donald Trump wants to follow his controversial campaign against the illegal drug trade.

The President said Trump was right when he commented that the Philippines has no drug problem since those involved are killed.

“Was it yesterday or the other day? Tignan mo ‘yung front page ng either Bulletin or ‘yung Philippine Star. ‘Trump: we would like to follow Duterte because they have no problem in the Philippines, he just kills them,’” Duterte said with a grin during a police shoot fest in Davao City.

“Tama ka talaga Trump. Bilib ako sa iyo. Nagsasabi ka ng totoo (You are right, Trump. I’m impressed with you. You are telling the truth),” Duterte added.

President Duterte admitted that he prefers drug suspects to put up a fight so they could be neutralized by arresting lawmen.
“Bakit kung lumaban ka, hindi kita patayin? Hay naku, yan nga ang gusto ko. Mas gusto ko lumaban ka (If you fight back, I won’t kill you? That’s what I actually like. I prefer that you fight back),” he added.

PNP elated, too

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also echoed the elation expressed by President Duterte.

“This is a welcome news for us. Kami naman ay natutuwa dahil siyempre na re-recognize ng US government ‘yung effort ng ating pamahalaan sa bawal na droga (We are happy because the US government is recognizing the effort of our government [to address] the illegal drugs [problem],” said PNP spokesperson, Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao.

“This should inspire our police officers to do more without violating any human rights so that we can really address the problem on illegal drugs,” Bulalacaosaid.

Trump’s views
Apparently inspired by Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, Trump reportedly wants the death penalty for drug dealers, believing they are allegedly as bad as serial killers. The US leader admitted though that such a law would be impossible to pass but would supposedly love to have a law that executes dealers in the US.

Trump was reportedly quoted as saying “You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.”

US version of ‘Tokhang’

Duterte, meantime, said the United States has carried out its own “Tokhang” campaign by conducting anti-drug operations to arrest suspected dealers.

“They were able to capture a website tapos lahat ng transactions sa droga, inagaw nila (They seized all drug transactions).
“Dinetain nila incommunicado ‘yungmga drug people (They detained the drug people and held them incommunicado) and they operated it. So nalaman nila lahat, lahat tinotokhang,” he said.

Double standard

Duterte, however, lamented the double standard on how rights groups treat the anti-drug efforts in the country and in the United States.

He said when the US agents conducted such an anti-drug operations, nobody complained about any rights abuses. But when the Philippine National Police conducted the “Tokhang” campaign, he said the cops have been criticized for alleged violation of human rights.

Duterte’s war against illegal drugs was the same campaign promise which put him into the helm of the presidency in 2016.

More than 100,000 drug personalities have been arrested while over 4,000 have died in the war on drugs, according to the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Further, over 2,000 drug-related deaths or those killed by unidentified suspects were also recorded by authorities and have already been investigated.

However, human rights organizations said that the number of drug suspects killed in the government’s war on drugs already reached 12,000. (With a report from Martin A. Sadongdong)

Duterte praises Trump for proposing 'death penalty' for drug dealers
By VJ Bacungan, CNN Philippines
Updated 07:15 AM PHT Fri, March 2, 2018

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) — President Rodrigo Duterte lauded U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal for harsher punishments for drug offenses in the United States.

"He would like to follow Duterte because they have no problem in the Philippines, he just killed them," Duterte said, quoting media reports, in a speech at a police and military event Thursday.

"Tama ka talaga, Trump," he added. "Bilib ako sa'yo. Nagsasabi ka ng totoo."
[Translation: You're absolutely right, Trump. I believe in you. You're telling the truth.]

A report from U.S. news site Axios said Trump has been inspired by the policies of Singapore, citing their low rates of drug use and their executions of drug dealers.

"He often jokes about killing drug dealers....He'll say, 'You know the Chinese and Filipinos don't have a drug problem. They just kill them,'" a senior Trump administration official told Axios.

In a Thursday opioid summit in the White House, Trump said drug dealers should get the "ultimate penalty."

"Some countries have a very, very tough penalty. The ultimate penalty. And by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do. So we're going to have to be very strong on penalties," Trump said.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNN's follow-up questions about what exactly Trump meant.

Trump could also back legislation that would require people convicted of dealing as little as two grams of the synthetic opioid fentanyl to receive a five-year mandatory jail sentence, according to the Axios report.

U.S. law currently requires that sentence for those who deal 40 or more grams of the drug.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway believes some of the President's ideas would have support.

"There is an appetite among many law enforcement, health professionals and grieving families that we must toughen up our criminal and sentencing statutes to match the new reality of drugs like fentanyl, which are so lethal in such small doses," she told Axios.

Duterte said in October 2017 he predicted Trump's declaration of a national health emergency for the U.S. opioid epidemic after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016.

Trump called for the liberation of American communities from the "scourge of drug addiction."

"Kaya sinasabi ko eh. Kayo kasi you take time. You take time ma-realize ninyo na ano. Eh ako matagal na dito nakita. Mayor pa ako, nakita ko na 'yung devastation," Duterte said.
[Translation: I've been telling you. You guys take time. You take time to realize it. I've known it for a long time-- ever since I was a mayor, I'd seen the devastation.]

In December 2016, Duterte said he sensed good rapport with "an animated President-elect Trump," who told him over the phone that he supported the Philippines' controversial drug war.

The Duterte administration's drug war has been criticized by local and international human rights groups since it began in 2016, when Duterte took office.

While government data show around 4,000 drug suspects were killed in operations, the groups believe the number to be as high as 13,000 — including those killed in vigilante-style executions.

President Duterte to cops, soldiers: Protect nation amid threat of terrorism

DAVAO CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte led Thursday the opening of the three-day National SWAT Challenge here urging police and military to remain steadfast in their commitment to protect the Filipino people amid threat of terrorism especially in Mindanao.

“Let us remain steadfast in our commitment to protect our people, especially now that we are intensifying our fight against enemies of the state here in Mindanao,” President Duterte said during the event participated in by 60 teams from the police, military and other law enforcement agencies.

“Never lose sight of the fact that notwithstanding our resounding success in the liberation of Marawi, the decreased crime incidence nationwide and the growing public trust in our institutions, threats will persist and our people will depend on you, our law enforcers, to keep them safe and secure at all times,” he added.

The President commended the security forces for their skill and bravery and asked them to work closely together in order to successfully fulfill their task of protecting the nation.

“As we continue our work of maintaining peace and order across the nation, I direct the PNP, the AFP and other law enforcement agencies to work towards interoperability in your operations, professional training and capability development,” he said.

“A coordinated approach at law enforcement will certainly ensure the success of all your missions and minimize government and civilian casualties in all your operations,” he added.

Bringing together the best and the brightest policemen and soldiers in the country, the Chief Executive said the three-day competition “will not only showcase the skills and capabilities of the participants, but would also promote camaraderie, sportsmanship and competitiveness among our police and military personnel.”

“I thank our elite SWAT units for always being ready to take on critical, hazardous and complex crisis situations. Your grit and determination have made you ready to take on the challenging task of dealing with criminality, illegal drugs and terrorism,” he said.

“May you never waver in your commitment to ensure that every Filipino will go home every day feeling safe and secure in their communities, in their streets and in their homes,” he added.

The President reiterated that he will protect and support the military and the police for as long as they are performing their duties.

He likewise assured uniformed personnel of full medical care noting that he has provided funds to government hospitals such as Philippine General Hospital and Veterans Memorial Medical Center to ensure the best medical care for wounded and recovering troops.

Citing continuous threat government forces are facing from state enemies, President Duterte pledged to equip all soldiers with a handgun by July this year for their protection.

“By July, every soldier will have a handgun,” he said.

With regard to the illegal drug trade problem, Duterte renewed his commitment to put an end to it assuring that no government official under his term will be involved in the illegal activity.

“But remember that the drug situation is still very, very alive and vicious. But I will never, never until the end of my term, to the last day, allow a government official to use his power or position as a platform to engage in criminality, especially drugs,” he said.

The National SWAT Challenge was spearheaded by Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa. It is the first competition of its kind that is held nationally.

The competition which will run from March 1 to 3 aims to showcase tactical skills of the participants, in line with the PNP’s Master Training Action Plan for 2018 to “enhance the effectiveness and efficiency as well as the tactical proficiency of SWAT units.”

The winning team will receive P300,000; P200,000, second prize; and P100,000, third prize.

Individual winners will get P50,000.

FIRING AWAY– President Duterte fires an AR-15 sniper rifle during the opening ceremony of a competition of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams in Davao City Thursday. Sixty teams from police and military units are vying in the competition. (Keith Bacongco)

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