Like Duterte, Trump wants death for drug dealers

  • Page Views 312
  • U.S. President Donald Trump has called for tough measures to combat the drug menace in his country, including the death penalty against drug dealers.

     

    Trump’s stance mirrors in part the hard approach by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte against the drug problem.

     

    In November 2017, Trump and Duterte met in Manila on the sidelines of the summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

     

    Terrorism, trade, and illegal drugs were the focus of the meeting between Trump and Duterte.

     

    In May last year, Trump called Duterte by phone and commended him against the war on drugs being waged by the Philippine government.

     

    “I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem,” Trump told Duterte. “Many countries have the problem, we have a problem, but what a great job you are doing and I just wanted to call and tell you that.”

     

    Last Monday (March 19), Trump laid out his plan against the  opioid epidemic.

     

    The plan includes a push for the death penalty for some drug traffickers.

     

    “Toughness is the thing that they most fear,” Trump said.

     

    Trump announced the plan in New Hampshire, a state affected by the opioid problem.

     

    “This isn’t about nice anymore,” Trump said. “This is about winning a very, very tough problem and if we don’t get very tough on these dealers it’s not going to happen folks … I want to win this battle.”

     

    Trump has long spoken approvingly about countries like Singapore that have fewer issues with drugs because of severe penalties.

     

    “Drug traffickers kill so many thousands of our citizens every year,” Trump said. “That’s why my Department of Justice will be seeking so many tougher penalties than we’ve ever had and we’ll be focusing on the penalties that I talked about previously for big pushers, the ones that are killing so many people, and that penalty is going to be the death penalty.”

     

    He added: “Other countries don’t play games. … But the ultimate penalty has to be the death penalty.”

     

    The Justice Department said the federal death penalty is available for limited drug-related offences, including violations of the “drug kingpin” provisions in federal law.

     

    Opioids are a class of drugs including prescription painkillers and heroin.

     

    Some 2.4 million Americans are estimated to be addicted to the drugs. The crisis claimed an estimated 63,600 lives nationwide in 2016, say health officials.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 23 April 2018
      9 mins ago No comment

      Gerald defends Bea from bashers

      When news broke out that Bea Alonzo had unfollowed Gerald Anderson and his “My Perfect You” co-star Pia Wurtzbach on Instagram, many speculated this was an indication there was trouble in their relationship. But in an interview with the press last week, Gerald was quick to clarify it was ...

    • 21 April 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Captain Barbell, Darna, Lastikman in new mobile game

      ABS-CBN, in partnership with Xeleb Technologies, launches its newest mobile game, “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle,” featuring the most iconic superheroes from Mars Ravelo’s comics series­—Captain Barbell, Darna, and Lastikman. “Pinoy Komiks Heroes Battle” is a challenging puzzle game wherein players have to complete level goals within a limited number ...

    • 21 April 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Kristine Hermosa back to doing teleseryes

      It has been eight years since Kristine Hermosa graced primetime television. Since marrying Oyo Sotto, she has taken a backseat from showbiz and has been focusing on their growing family. Now, Kristine is back on ABS-CBN’s fantasy series “Bagani.” “You know naman na my heart talaga is sa family ...

    • 21 April 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Coleen’s mom admits Billy Crawford is already like a son to her

      BiCol were married on April 20. After planning her daughter’s Despedida de Soltera last April 14, Coleen Garcia’s mom Maripaz Magsaysay admitted she couldn’t help but get teary-eyed when Billy Crawford’s parents made an entrance after arriving from the US the night before. “I got really emotional kanina dun sa mommy ni Billy. Kasi ...

    • 20 April 2018
      3 days ago No comment

      The Best Lechon Manok Ever

      In the 1980s, when the lechon manok fad took hold of the Philippines, it was just impossible for any Pinoy to leave his home and arrive at his destination without seeing at least two competing lechon manok kiosks. It was during this time that Dolores and Dwight Salcedo were ...

    %d bloggers like this: