Why Duterte’s Shoot-to-kill Order Makes Sense in a Land Overrun by Zombies


A war is being waged in the Philippines now: a war on drugs. Blood is spilling in the streets, and many bleeding-heart “freedom-loving” citizens and observers are shocked. But have you ever heard of a war where no one is allowed to kill or expected to die? Doesn’t it seem strange if you see the opponent crying “human rights!” when he gets hit by a bullet while the battle rages? Get real and read through the pages of history again – great civilizations were built on foundations drenched in blood.

How do wars operate in the first place? It’s basic common sense. When you see the enemy – SHOOT! Don’t just shoot to scare them away – you shoot to eliminate, to effectively destroy their ability to resist or strike back. That’s how any soldier is trained. Inaction will only mean it is your life for that of the enemy.

This is why I see nothing strange with the seemingly shocking directive of the President lately against narco-politicians:

My order is shoot to kill. I don’t care about human rights. Believe me. I don’t give a shit about what they will say. This war is against drugs and we have a crisis,” he added. “If a policeman figured in an encounter, do not investigate that anymore. That’s my order.

War is indeed bloody and messy. When the Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-day to free mainland Europe from the clutches of Hitler, it was a bloody mess with blasted body parts flying all around, and dying soldiers crying for their mamas.

Why can you kill the enemy in a war?

Does this even need an explanation? Unless you’re a pampered “freedom lover” stuck in your myopic narrow mindset, anyone knows killing in a war to defend or liberate your country is not considered “murder”.

Unlike in conventional war where armies wear uniforms to identify each other, the war on drugs is fought more like guerrilla jungle warfare. The key assets of an army are accurate intelligence gathering and the element of surprise.

Drug lords, drug pushers and their protectors in government constitute the enemy. The battle zone is every street corner and secret hideout where these enemies of the state go about their business of destroying lives.

Many high-ranking men in uniform and mayors (traitors of the state) have recently been named to expose the vast network of drug syndicates in the country.  They are the generals of the enemy force. Without them, their entire system collapses.

The president has given our police and military force his full blessing to blast these zombies to their graves, before they can cause any further damage to Philippine society.

How about due process?

It is normal for governments across the world to suspend due process when the enemy is considered a critical threat to national security, as identified by their highly accurate intelligence agency. Look at Osama bin Laden: was he even given a fair trial to defend himself? Nope, he was shot on sight. Did the American people, the world’s greatest democracy which Pinoys look up to, cry out for due process? Silence of the lambs.

Now how about human rights in the context of a raging battle in an officially declared war? When a country declares war, due process is suspended for combatants of each side to freely kill each other without fear of being thrown in jail for pulling the trigger.

Now think of the Luneta bus-hostage crisis. If it were Duterte handling the show, he would have given that order to shoot ASAP given the first clear line-of-sight chance for snipers to do so. However, incompetent and spineless Noynoy kept the drama lingering and degenerating with the media messing it all up until the threat (Rolando Mendoza) went ballistic, leaving many hapless Chinese tourists dead.

That was likely why China was so bitterly enraged at Noynoy – even to the point of grabbing our islets in the contested waters. Chinese people are used to their government having an iron-fisted stance in handling such threats.

Most importantly, a leader must hold the lives of his troops in the highest regard. It would be better for his soldiers to eliminate the threat by preemptive action to ensure their safety before it even has the chance to pounce on them.

And in any war, there is always some collateral damage. The wise strategist must often weigh his alternatives to take a course of action that will leave the least loss of civilian life. When you come to think of it, far more innocent people’s lives go down the drain having drug lords and criminals operating practically unhampered than in the case where a stray bullet unfortunately hits a bystander in the current war on drugs.

It’s about time we stop crying over all the apparent mess taking place all over the country. These are birth pains of change, and births are always bloody. And who said the job of a janitor isn’t dirty? You elected a super-janitor to clean up the country right? So learn to live with the consequence. Let’s give President Duterte the free hand to do what he does best – turning a former shithole city into a “Singapore-class C.O.D. state”.


Post Author: zaxx

Zealous revolutionary advocate of bringing back common sense for the common good in a land of dysfunctional and delusional zombies.

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We just have to face the fact that we have a culture and a nation in general, that cannot afford due process.


Only street people are being killed… all generals as they are named here are safe in their castles and will remain untouched.
That “war” is a smoke screen and all what has to be changed/reformed I that country will remain as it…


“turning a former shithole city into a “Singapore-class C.O.D. state”.”
Have ever lived in Davao? Have ever been in Singapore?
If yes and if you still compare both then you need a good visit to an eye doctor and/or psychiatric too…

klara, I don’t think that’s quite it. There’s no reason why “due process” can’t work in the Philippines, but we all know why it can’t and won’t work today: the police are idle, unfunded, and burdened by reams of meaningless paperwork (as is most of the country), the lawyers are incompetent, and the judiciary are venal. The law itself is a mess. In other words, the country has no judicial system. It literally does not exist except in name only. As for the drug problem, I don’t like what’s happening, but in the absence of any feasible alternative – say,… Read more »

Yes Marius. You have just pointed out some of the reasons why we cannot afford (in its broad sense) due process. It has come to a complicated point where societies and the gov’t are too dysfunctional to conform to laws.
What I like about Duterte is that he deals with things in reference to reality.
Idealists’ view don’t fit esp. in PH society.
Most “EJKs” are done by those involved in drugs (cops or not) so again it’s a matter of sensationalism by the opposition.
They can roll out statistics of EJKs since Duterte started presidency, but remember numbers can mislead without qualitative data.

The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify… Read more »
a yellow tard

is it right the government the one begging for peace with the local communist or it should be the other way around?

and.. how did roberto ongpin acquired the Balesin Island? isn’t it part of the philippine republic? who sold it to him?


interesting post. I was wondering though, what do you guys GRP writers think about war on drug in mexico compared to war on drug in phills? how much similarity and can it be compared when it comes to which one is more of a success story?

We peace loving Filipino citizens, did not create this crissis. We did not create our country to become a NARCO POLITICS country. Aquino, De Lima, and other irresponsible government officials, who affiliated themselves with the NARCO TRAFFICKERS, were the ones, who created this crissis. It was imposed upon us; because they sold us to the : Drug Lords; the Chinese Triad Drug Mafia crime syndicate; the Drug Traffickers; the Drug Pushers; etc… If you cross the path of a Drug Lord; would you believe the Drug Lord will think of your “human rights” or “due process” ? The Drug Lord… Read more »

yes…this really makes sense…

Poverty causes crime. Nothing else. Drugs do not cause crime…poverty causes crime. Drugs do not cause corruption, poverty causes corruption. There was crime before drugs. Education, jobs and changing the social hierarchy is the ONLY thing that will fix the crime levels in this country. Crime is not down if murder incidents are through the roof. There are no short term gains from quick fixes. Three things are going to happen. The people going to jail are going to become more hardened criminals, since they will now, never be able to get a good stable job. Leaving their only course… Read more »
I do agree that the Feelippinose are peace-loving people but I also agree that most of us are still indolent as observed by the first colonizers and pointed out by Rizal. No wonder that drugs became an easy option to relax or maki-uso, and to dull the pain of doing hard labor for our quick fix minded kababayans. But one hidden culture of powerful influence on Feelippino behavior and belief system is the so called esoteric culture. When Pres. Quezon once said ” I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans”… Read more »

Fast forward 6 years from now when laws and due process is still powerless and Duterte left his post…



If you are patriotic enough, you can be the sixth…if others are more patriotic…they can be the seventh…until 100 millions will follow !

The trouble to some people is: they are
“apathetic fence sitter”… these evil politicians are
stewing us; and we are like frogs, who adjust ourselves to the hot water…will not move until we are totally boiled alive !!!

The illegal Shabu Drug problem is a good example !

Great post ZAXX. If we tracked the “War on Drugs” like a “Real War”, 500 + Killed in Action (combatants) Officers Captured (150 Mayors and Judges) and 600,000 surrendered (support troops), Philippines “War on Drugs” is a stunning success. The Kill / Capture / Surrender ratios would make Duterte the greatest War Fighter of all time. Re: Extra Judicial Killings; using the term implies there is a judicial alternative. For those who bitch about the EJK, I suggest they have a lot of Judicial work to do to keep pace, with 600,150 statements, confessions and investigations to perform to justify… Read more »