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Duterte slams “walk of shame”

President-elect Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte speaks during a news conference in his hometown Davao City in southern Philippines, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte speaks during a news conference in his hometown Davao City in southern Philippines, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is against the “walk of shame” currently being imposed by the mayor of Tanauan City, Batangas against those who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs.

According to Duterte, though he supports the campaign of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili against illegal drugs and other crimes, the former Davao City Mayor said that he never did that during his time.

Duterte explained that as a lawyer, he knows that what Halili is doing is against the law and that the presumptive president is willing to provide legal advice to the Tanauan mayor.

Prior to this, the Commission on Human Rights already made a warning that they will press charges against Halili and other officials of the Tanauan City who are involved in parading suspected drug pushers, addicts and other crimes.

On Monday, more than 11 alleged drug pushers were paraded around the Tanauan City Hall, with placards stating “pusher ako, wag tularan”.

The CHR called the shame campaign of the mayor as torture.

According to CRH Region IV Director Atty. Jacqueline De Guia, this is a type of mental torture for drug pushers.

De Guia added that they should respect the human rights and dignity of each Filipino, regardless if they are criminals.

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