Davao VM Duterte sets 10-arrest daily quota
Subscribe Now February 24, 2012 at 12:45pm
Davao City vice-mayor Rodrigo Duterte has set a daily arrest quota for police officers to curb the city’s rising crime rate. “If they don’t meet their quota of 10 hold-uppers a day, I’m going to have them assigned in Tawi-Tawi,” Duterte said in Tagalog.
The vice-mayor indicated his support for lethal force. “It’s better if the hold-uppers are dead because they’ll just rob again. If the cops don’t kill the them, they can post bail and commit the crime another day.”
Earlier this week, a robber that took the bag of a student was killed by police. Duterte commended the officers and announced he would give them incentives.
"Those who lived violently will always die violently," he said, giving a warning to would-be criminals.
On Wednesday, the Davao police created a special task force to deal with armed robbers riding in tandem on motorcycles. Based on police data, 61 robberies and hold-up incidents committed by suspects in tandem on motorcycles were recorded in the area since the start of the year.
Last week, RN Marjorie Kwan was robbed and killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen in broad daylight, at 11:30 am Saturday. The incident prompted Davao citizens to call upon Duterte, who is known as the city’s “Punisher” for his stance against criminality.
The response to Duterte’s announcement from Twitter-using Davaoeños and non-Davaoeños alike seemed primarily positive, with some affirming their approval for the vice-mayor, including 2007 Binibining Pilipinas-International Nadia Lee Cien Shami.
Several Twitter users called Duterte the real “City Hunter”, referring to the Koreanovela based on a Japanese manga about a man who wishes to rid his city of crime.
While others proposed Duterte run for President in 2016, Daren Aboy had the highest praise.
“Not everyone may agree with him but Davao VM Digong Duterte surely has the right set of cojones in keeping Davao safe.”
Some however expressed disapproval. Vi Santiago noted the weakness of the quota system, saying that even innocent citizens could be arrested. Another user, in a series of tweets, attacked the use of lethal force, calling the vice-mayor Rodrigo “Body Bags” Duterte.
In the past, Duterte has been the subject of human rights investigations for his approach to crime, which he later shrugged off, declaring that criminals “don’t deserve” human rights.
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