Tag: extralegal

The Philippines’ Pay-Per-Hit Police

The newly elected mayor of Cebu City has an innovative approach to crime control in this central Philippine city: A 50,000 peso (US$1,080) bounty for each “criminal” killed by his police force.

Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña announced on May 16 that he would pay that sum to any police officer who “legally” kills a “drug lord, robber, or any criminal” in the line of duty. Osmeña didn’t specify how police would determine the legality of such killings or the identity of the suspects. He justified the bounty as an “extra source of livelihood” for Cebu City police.

Osmeña’s comments may only be post-election bombast. But he has a troubling history of exhorting summary killings of criminal suspects. During a previous tenure as Cebu City mayor in 2005, Osmeña told police: “Go ahead, pull the trigger. As mayor, my warning to anybody doing a crime is I will see to it that you’ll be dead on the spot. If we catch you, you will be so sorry – you won’t be around.”

时评:停止法外驱返中国

如果中国是为了缓和恐惧感而在三月底“释放”五名显然被绑架的香港书商之中的三人,那么四月初45名台湾人因中国大力干预而被肯尼亚驱逐到中国的惊人事件,已使恐惧气氛再度被燃起。