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Pres. Rodrigo Duterte open to issuing firearms to law enforcement volunteers; netizens react

Netizens were baffled by Duterte’s declaration

President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he approves of the issuance of firearms to new volunteers assigned to help officials enforce the law.

During the launch of the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers at Camp Crame in Quezon City, the President considered that the volunteers would greatly help the Philippine National Police (PNP) fulfill its mandate and restore the public’s trust.

“That is why that is good because if you have this coalition, you have a list of people who are there and who can arm themselves. I will order the police. If you are qualified, get a gun and help us enforce the laws,” he said on June 25.

Netizens were baffled by Duterte’s declaration, some saying that what he’s thinking is far from the culture in the Philippines.

“Kanya-kanya nalang?” Pia Magalona tweeted.

Senator Leila De Lima strongly opposed Duterte’s statements saying that it’ll be the same as the “Davao Death Squad” but only on a bigger scale.

Another netizen claimed that the President acknowledged that the government is “inept at inforcing the law,” which is why they needed volunteers.

“Hindi pa ba sapat ang dami ng kriminal na pulis at kailangan pang magdagdag ng kriminal na sibilyan?”

On May 31, a policeman was arrested for shooting a 52-year-old woman in front of her granddaughter. Master Sergeant Hensie Zinampan shot Lilybeth Valdez in Quezon city after allegedly approaching her over an argument with her son. PNP has since dismissed Zinampan.

Someone claimed that the PNP personnel has big salaries but still need help from civilians when doing their jobs.

A Twitter user told Duterte, “You are so weak and so low for always resorting to violence to uphold ‘order.’ You were never a leader.”

The newly formed group of volunteers consists of barangay watchmen, environmentalists, LGBT groups, motorists, and people from the religious sector.

Duterte added that if qualified, he will order the police to give the volunteers licenses to handle guns.

“If you want to participate in the prosecution of the crime, you can have a – a gun; and if you are qualified, I will ask the police to give you the license.”

Written by J M

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