By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
NDFP Chief Political Consultant
February 19, 2018

For mass murder, the criminal braggart Duterte is the best witness against himself on audio-visual record and in print. Before and during the rampages of mass murder under Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel, he has made clear incitements to frame up and kill drug suspects and suppress evidence as well as clear inducements, such as presidential guarantees of pardon and impunity and rewards in cash and promotions.

In addition to Duterte´s public admissions of incitement and inducement to his police agents to arrest suspects without judicial warrant and kill them by the thousands, journalists have been able to gain access to audio-visual record of actual coldblooded murder (such as that of Kian) and photographed the victims who were hogtied or with heads covered by masking tape. Religious and human rights organizations have also collected witnesses and their testimonies.

In the case of Milosevic, he was charged with incitement to mass murder even as he expressed himself in the noble language of defending national sovereignty and avoided the brutal frankness for which Duterte has become notorious in the Philippines and internationally. Despite the Yugoslav and Serbian resistance to US aggression, Milosevic could not be charged with as many deaths as Duterte who is held liable for murdering as many as 17,000.

The ICC may or may not be able to get Duterte to answer for his crimes. But the Filipino people will somehow get him to answer for these as they did to the far more clever criminal Marcos. No despot who is culpable for the mass murder of thousands has ever escaped the verdict of history. Unless he is finished sooner, Duterte will kill many more Filipinos in his proclaimed war against the revolutionary movement of the entire Filipino people. ###

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