Part one, the cycle of violence
He keeps one hand in a tense fist an inch away from the black canvas bag holding his gun. He talks quickly, delivering direct admissions. Slightly bruised toes hang from his rubber flip-flops. He is a self-identified hitman who claims President Rodrigo Duterte‘s government fuels and demands murder.
“I think we are getting this from the government because this never happened in past administrations. It appears that money is being given to police and the police pays us,” he says.
“From Duterte?” we ask.
“This is,” he says, pausing and breathing deeply. “From the president.”
He’ll be hunted if his identity is revealed, so he wears a black mask and sunglasses with dark brown lenses to speak with us on camera. It is the same outfit he dons when he murders drug users. He goes by an alias, Delo. He takes out his gun and runs his fingers over the metal which is engraved “enforcer.” It is not a new gun but it is new to him. He says a policeman gave it to him recently. (CBS News attempted to independently verify Delo’s claims — that he murders drug users with police complicity, but he would not reveal his alleged dealings with members of the force.)
When Duterte launched his war on drugs in the Philippines more than a year ago, he vowed to use any tactics necessary. The president is known for vulgar language. He once called former President Obama a “son of a bitch.” Endorsements of murder roll off his tongue casually.
President Trump, also known for blunt language, met with Duterte on Sunday. Earlier this year, Mr. Trump congratulated Duterte for his anti-drug efforts…
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Inside Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war: Part two, the human toll, by Kylie Atwood, CBS News, Nov 12, 2017