The 74-year-old president of Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has charged citizens of the country to ‘shoot but not kill’ any corrupt public officials they encounter.
Daily Mail reports that he said there would be immunity against prosecution for anyone who witnesses officials taking bribes and shoot them.
It was gathered Duterte, however, emphasized that such immunity would only be granted that if the victim survives.
According to the newspaper, he said in Thursday, September 12, in a speech made during his visit to Bataan, that shooting corrupt officials in the foot to avoid a prison sentence and offered to defend such action.
He said: “If you pay a tax, a fee, or get a certificate, and the officials ask for a bribe, hit them. If you have weapons, you can shoot them, but don’t kill, because during the proceedings you may not receive a pardon.
“Don’t kill them because you might end up getting embroiled with that given pardon after computation. Just the foot. It will only be serious physical injuries. You’ll be placed on probation. You’ll just report to a probation officer.
At least you shot a foolish thief, and I will defend you.”
Duterte further stressed that those who take him up on the offer would not be sent to prison, but would only be seriously punished physically.
He appealed to the public to assert their rights, and report any corruption or abuse involving a government official or worker.
The president said if the corruption incident reaches his office, he would summon the concerned official and let the complaint slap him or her in the face in front of him.
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