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Pacquiao, in Tokyo, says Philippine drug problem 'beyond imagination'

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Duterte isn't killing anybody, he changed police procedures and now when the police nab a low level drug dealer they offer him total amnesty if he rats on his bosses, and this goes all the way up the line to the big boss.

Hence the drug lords have ordered all low level drug dealers in their network to be killed, in order to save their own butts.

That's why so many are dying.

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Interesting comment there Bush (assuming it's ACCURATE) I happened to have visited the Philippines this past Christmas and New Years (has it been a YEAR already?!; OMG !) At NO time did I ever feel concerned about my "Safety", and no one once threatened or tried to rip me off. If things were "Out of Control" I hardly think I could have gone for two weeks, all the way to Baguio and back down to Manila and NOT get ripped off, or rolled. It appears your INTel may just be RIGHT there, Burn One Bush.

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This kind of violent campaign against organised crime and drugs has been going on for many years in the Philippines. Have a look on Google for, 'Davao Death Squads' and be prepared for a shock.

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He himself is a convert to a conservative Christian sect.

To avoid confusion, it's a Protestant sect (I think), not a Catholic one. Also, it's one thing to target drug lords and the narco-politicians, but it's another things to target the drug users. I don't see any big arrests or executions of these elected corrupt politicians so far...

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I happened to have visited the Philippines this past Christmas and New Years (has it been a YEAR already?!; OMG !) At NO time did I ever feel concerned about my "Safety"

It depends where in the Philippines - even before Duterte Filipinos didn't feel safe in Manila.

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If legislator Pacquiao's powers of imagination are overstretched by the social problem of illegal drugs he should stick to what he does best: beating people up in the ring. Boxers with their limited intellectual abilities have no business attempting to tackle the much bigger chronic problems that have afflicted his people for years, such as extreme poverty, joblessness, deaths from malnutrition and lack of medical treatment and the rampant corruption, violence and intimidation from the powerful elites who run the country like a fiefdom, indifferent to the suffering of their victims. Duterte's solution for eliminating drugs is thus aiming at the wrong target, but what can you expect from a cacique of his calibre; Duterte is no Castro.

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Boxers with their limited intellectual abilities have no business attempting to tackle the much bigger chronic problems that have afflicted his people for years

There's a problem when you say something really stupid like this, once it's out you can't take it back

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Solicited killings of the most vulnerable. Duterte must feel like a hard man. And PAC, don't do it man.

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@ sensei258

Sorry I sounded so politically incorrect, but I'm not like D. Trump and have no intention of denying what I wrote. I'm actually a life-long boxing fan and Manny is one of the all-time greats who always fights his heart out. I have great admiration for his rise from poverty via the boxing ring, but I've also heard Pacquiao, the politician, and Manny, the religious "Man of God", two very different personae who are, frankly speaking, both underwhelming. Manny is a simple country boy who has known extreme poverty and his charitable works attest to his sympathy for the poor, but his educational background is no more inspiring than that of next year's new POTUS, and so I remain unconvinced that he possesses the intellectual qualifications for fixing the Philippines. Again, Manny is no Fidel!

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Pacquiao, in Tokyo, says Philippine drug problem 'beyond imagination.'

So mass murder is justified?

He himself is a convert to a conservative Christian sect.

No more questions.

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Are there extrajudicial killings of drug addicts/pushers in the Philippines? Yes, but not all of them are done by the police/gov't. Many of them are killed by people higher up the drug chain who are afraid to be exposed by them, since those who surrender are offered lighter sentences for helpful information.

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This guy is dangerous. He has made his fortune hurting other people albeit in the name of sport. An athelete yes but a person prepared to kill for the sake of his career. That is what professional boxing is about. As far as his prior drug use goes- what? I didn't like marijuana when I smoked it at age 15 so I think all marijuana smokers should be gunned down. Moron-

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Sorry I sounded so politically incorrect,

Well, let's see. You seemed to establish the dictator Castro as a man to be emulated and admired. You then called Pacquiao stupid, despite his success as a fighter, and now as a senator who is unqualified to lead in the Philippines.

That's all kind of mixed up.

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@ commanteer

Your comments remind me of John Lennon's " living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.", so let me try to explain: The "dictator Castro" was no Sunday school teacher. He was forced by US foreign policy to establish a communist state. "Free elections" would have been bought by the US government, and Cuba would have become an American colony. Bad idea 'cos MOST Cubans naturally had no stomach for a second helping of yanqui "freedoms". Let me remind you what you never learned in school history classes: The "liberation" of the Philippines, a Spanish colony, by US troops resulted in the deaths of 1.5million Filipinos. Neither Duterte nor Pacquiao ( who I admire as a boxer) have the brains to better the desperate lives of millions of poverty-stricken Filipinos. I've been there and I've spent time in Cuba where I met many people conversing with them in Spanish. My conclusion is that the Philippines need a man of Castro's calibre who possesses the intelligence and vision that Duterte and Pacquiao manifestly lack. If that is still "all kind of mixed up", we must be taking different colored pills.

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What about the illegal drugs he was taking when he was fighting?

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When he kills everybody, the "problem" will be over.

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I would love to visit Pac-man's gym, and maybe he'll visit here and there.

For all the hate he gets, don't forget that the reason he keeps fighting past his prime, is that he gives away most of his money to the poor and people in need.

When's the last time any of YOU donated a single yen to a charitable organization, or gave food to the needy, and so on?

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3700 in a few month? I am sure our friendly Police services across the US will beat that hands down any time.

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3700 in a few month? I am sure our friendly Police services across the US will beat that hands down any time.

Under President-elect trump,the police might just get the chance to do so.

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At the Tokyo press conference, he made no secret of the fact he had tried illegal drugs before.

So if the policies Pacquiao supports today had been in force when he was young, it would have been OK for police or vigilantes to murder him in cold blood without any consequences. And today`s Pacquaio is OK with all that because he no longer has to personally worry about being murdered by vigilantes in cold blood.

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