Philippine pres. says death to son if guilty of drugs

Philippine pres. says death to son if guilty of drugs

Philippine pres. says death to son if guilty of drugs

Duterte has been embroiled in controversies ever since he took over as the President in June.

Police in battle gear were mustered to keep order as protesters held a series of rallies across the capital of Manila, using the 45th anniversary of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos imposing martial law to warn that Duterte was equally violent and authoritarian.

Duterte also said that he recognizes that there will be protesters on the said date because of the people's fear and indignation against a repetition and perpetuation of human rights violations and other failings of the government during Marcos' martial law.

A Catholic nun, Sister Mary John Mananzan, expressed relief that more people were starting to stand up against government abuses.

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Freddie Olase, a 53-year-old driver, joined a few thousand Duterte supporters in a rally in a square beside the popular Quiapo Catholic church.

Hoisting "No to Martial Law" and "Stop the Killings" banners, they burnt a poster bearing a composite picture of Duterte and Marcos, and captioned "Fascist", as about 70 unarmed policemen blocked their way.

"It is our fervent hope and prayer that this is a lesson we do not need to learn again", she said. They assembled later at a park by Manila Bay for the main protest.

Duterte has often threatened drug suspects with death.

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Duterte's allies in the House of Representatives initially voted to reduce the commission's annual budget to 1,000 pesos ($20) but reconsidered the decision late Wednesday amid an outcry and after the human rights chief met congressional leaders.

He then reiterated his invitation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) to put up a satellite office in the country and conduct independent probes on alleged cases of human rights violations. The unorthodox president, however, has remained popular in his crime-weary country, helped by his common-guy demeanor and populist rhetoric.

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"My orders are to kill you ( Duterte son Paolo) if you are caught and I will protect the police who kill you", Philstar quoted Duterte as telling his son in the speech.

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