Press Release
November 28, 2018

Statement of Senator Trillanes on Duterte's plan to create a death squad:

Duterte has three objectives in issuing that statement. First, he wants to strike fear again in the hearts and minds of the Filipinos by forewarning that there would be another round of killings. He is doing this because he feels that he is losing his grip on power and that fear is his only way to keep people in check.

Second, Duterte wants to deceive the ICC into believing that since it is only now that he is planning to create a death squad therefore, he is not responsible for the death squads going around killing thousands of Filipinos all over the country the past 2 and a half years.

Third, Duterte wants to divert the attention of the media and the public from the mysterious MOUs entered into with China; the questionable awarding of the telco to a Duterte crony; and the 11bn peso shabu shipment issue.

But, at this point in his Administration, the public is already impatient and won't be intimidated anymore. They are demanding results based on his campaign promise of a better life. As to the ICC, obviously such deceptive tactics by Duterte won't work.

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