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“Hitler massacred 3 million Jews… there’s 3 million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” “Rodrigo Duterte: Donald Trump Endorsed Deadly War on Drugs.” Time, Time, The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte compared himself to Adolf Hitler during a press conference in September 2016. Duterte’s self-proclaimed ‘Drug War’ has lead to the deaths of over 6000 people by late June 2017. The key issue with the Drug War, currently ongoing in the Philippines, is all of the controversies that surround the issue. A recent poll has indicated that majority of the Philippine population are backing Duterte, and his drug war, thus the reason he was elected as president, after making his promise to clean up the drug problem in his country. This essay is going to focus on the perspectives of President Duterte himself, the Singaporean ambassador in the Philippines and Donald Trump. Duterte claims that he, himself, is an egalitarian, and has assisted his country to improve as a whole, but does this apply to his drug war? The Singaporean Ambassador in the Philippines has said that what Duterte is doing, applying strict drug laws into place, is a good and efficient way to clean up this problem in the Philippines. Last of all, Donald Trump’s perspective on the issue, and how being a Libertarian and a Christian contradicts one and other. “All of you who are into drugs, you sons of bitches, I will really kill you,” “Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte’s Drug War Photos.” Time, Time, he said a month before he was elected. In Duterte’s speeches, the way he talks about himself suggests that he is an egalitarian, which means that he believes that all people deserve equal rights and opportunity. In his two years as president, he has launched a 911 emergency line, commenced in military action against terrorism, drastically improved public transport in his country, and he has aided over 600,000 school dropouts to pass the Accreditation and Equivalency Program, making them eligible for application to a high school. In direct relation to his drug war, 6000 people were killed, but over 1 million drug users and distributors have surrendered themselves to the government. Via Ranada, Pia. “LIST: Duterte Admin’s 2016 Accomplishments.” Rappler. Alas, when it comes to his Drug War, he twists the egalitarian meaning, in saying that “Do the lives of 10 of these criminals really matter? If I am the one facing all this grief, would 100 lives of these idiots mean anything to me?” “Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte.” BBC News, BBC, 30 Sept. 2016. This reveals his hatred towards drug users who he has said to have ‘destroyed his country.’ In the way that Duterte conveys his actions as the President, it is more applicable to call him a relativist. Impacts of being a relativist are that you change your decisions based on the context, and his childhood neighbourhood was surrounded by drugs users and sellers, his culture nurtured him in such a way, that his idea of killing drug users is a feasible, and realistic solution to the problem. As a result, he has taken his countries no killing law, but applied it to the context of drug users and sellers in the Philippines, and changed it so that it’s now ‘okay’ to kill people if they are found with having possession of drugs. Although this approach to the drug problem is backed up with around 77% of the country ‘satisfied’ with his approach via Talabong, Rambo. “Filipinos Supporting Duterte’s Drug War” Rappler, this has also lead to many international groups being unhappy with this decision and have approached him, such as the UN, EU, Human Rights Watch, and many more. Duterte’s reply has relatively been the same to all groups who threaten him, as his reply to the UN threatening to exclude the Philippines; via France-Presse, Agence. “Philippines President Duterte Threatens to Expel EU Ambassadors in 24 Hours.” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 13 Oct. 2017, Duterte states in a press conference: “You give us money then you start to orchestrate what things should be done and which should not happen in our country. You bullshit. We are past the colonisation stage. Don’t fuck with us.” The Singapore government has zero tolerance for illegal drugs. “We have a very tough policy on drugs, and we think that it works for us, and we respect other countries’ right to determine how they’re going to pursue their own anti-drug policies,” stated Kok Li Peng (Singapore’s ambassador for the Philippines) via Rappler ‘Singapore says it respects Philippines’ drug war’, August 2016 when asked for a comment on the Philippines anti-drug campaign. Singapore lies very far towards the left of the political spectrum, being a strong example of a country being run by a social democratic government. The Singapore government has put into place many heavily enforced, strict laws that they believe keep the country running smoothly, with little to no corruption, drugs, and even crime. The Singaporean government believes that this strict form of government aids its country in being the best that it can be. Kok adds on to her speech: “I think that we (Singapore) rely on the strict implementation of our laws – objective and impartial administration of justice,” President Duterte also believes that Singapore is a prime example of a country that has been well governed, and he aims to bring the Philippines to the same level as Singapore. The outcome of this has lead the Singaporean prime minister Lee Hsien Loong to agree with Rodrigo Duterte that both the governments will work together, and aid each other “fight terrorism, drugs, and transnational crime.” via Ranada, Pia. “Duterte, Singapore’s Lee Agree to Fight Terrorism, Drugs.” Rappler. A call, leaked and published by the Intercept, finds the current president of the United States saying the following on a call, on April 29, 2017, to Duterte; “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem. Many countries have the problem, we have the problem, but what a great job you are doing, and I just wanted to call and tell you that.” “Rodrigo Duterte: Donald Trump Endorsed Deadly War on Drugs.” Time. Trump further went on to claim, in contrast with many major groups, such as the UN, Human Rights Watch, etc, that he is fully aware of what is going in the Philippines, and that he is glad to see someone taking action on this problem. Libertarianism is a belief system where everyone is free to make their own decisions. Trump believes that Duterte is the president of his own country, therefore he has the right to continue with his killings in his drug war, especially is he is supported by the majority of the country. This is all true, however, Trump is also a Christian, and one of the 5 testaments says ‘thou shalt not kill’. This directly contradicts what Trump has said, as the Christian belief system says it’s wrong to kill others, yet Trump is encouraging Duterte’s murdering streak. “When I was a teenager, I had been in and out of jail, rumble here and there,” Duterte said during a speech. “At the age of 16, I already killed someone.” Cnbc. “Trump Does Not Publicly Rebuke Duterte for Drug War Killings.” CNBC. CNBC, 13 Nov. 2017.  This goes to show that In Donald Trump’s belief systems, he values his ideas as a libertarian, more than he does himself a Christian. Christianity has many different branches, such as the Catholic Churches, Oriental Orthodox churches, and many more, and the extent to which one believes in Christianity’s holy book, the Bible, varies depending on the person. In the case of Trump, he does not believe in the testament ‘thou shalt not kill’ as he praises Duterte’s drug war. My initial perspective on Duterte’s drug war was that it was not right at all. I thought about simple human rights, the repeated ‘innocent until proven guilty’ law that the United States has set into place, and seeing how Duterte did not use this system at all, this backed up my thinking. I personally identify as a consequentialist, so with the research into this topic, I have found that this topic is not simply black and white. I know that there were almost 6000 people killed in this drug war, but I have also found that Duterte has also helped his country in many more ways, but they are not as widely mentioned as the drug war. Good things happen around us everyday, but no one focuses on that, everyone turns their eye towards the bad things that happen in life. This project was like an iceberg. It has shown me that there is more to every story than just what is on the surface, and if you dig deep enough, you will find the true story. I have found that I have grown a sympathy for Duterte from all of the hate he is receiving, but I also have the vision to realise why he is getting this hate, and how people are judging him for what’s on the surface, rather than what lies beneath.

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