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    A controversial Philippines mayor who gained notoriety for parading people arrested on drug offenses was shot and killed by a sniper at a flag-raising ceremony at Tanauan City Hall on Monday morning.

    Antonio Halili was killed by a single shot to the chest from an unknown assailant, Police Superintendent Renato Mercado said. The killing was captured on a video that showed scenes of panic seconds after the shot was fired.

    In the video, Halili is seen standing in a line with government employees as the flag is raised and those in attendance sing the national anthem.

    As the camera strays to film another group, a single shot rings out, followed by screams and a woman's voice, saying "Oh my God" in English.

    While the victim is not seen on camera after the shot is fired, the content of the video could be upsetting to some viewers.

    The mayor's security returned fire, according to state media Philippines News Agency (PNA), causing panic as government officials and staff ran for cover.

    Gerry Laresma, the government employee who shot the video, told PNA it wasn't clear where the shot had originated. He said Halili had received death threats because of his strong anti-crime push.

    Vice Mayor Jhoanna Corona-Villamor told CNN that she saw the gunshot hit him "right in the middle of his chest" and, through her fear, worried that he might not survive. Then she fled.

    "When I saw everyone running, I started running -- I went inside City Hall. I was still in panic, then I heard more gunshots. I asked my staff to check if there were more (people) hurt; thank God no one else was," said Corona-Villamor.

    "The gunshots were actually from the mayor's security hoping they would hit the suspect as they fired towards the direction where the gunshot came from," she added.

    She said that she was still shaken by the experience.



    "Who wouldn't be scared when the mayor was shot right beside me and in full view of everyone?

    "Everyone here is mourning, grieving? we lost a great mayor," she said.

    Provincial Chief Superintendent Edward E. Caranza told PNA that the bullet was fired from a distance, most likely using a 5.56 or 7.62 caliber high-powered rifle.

    Halili was declared dead at the Reyes Memorial Hospital in the city less that an hour after the shot was fired around 8am Monday local time (10am AEST), attending physician Alexander Carandang said.

    Philippine National Police Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said that a regional special task group had been convened to investigate the killing, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines, and that the suspect parades were being considered as a motive.

    Presidential spokesman Harry Roque condemned the killing, saying that Halili was an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, and that justice would be served, CNN Philippines reported.

    A number of checkpoints have been set up across the city and in nearby towns, according to Police Superintendent Renato Mercado.

    Additionally, the regional police in Batangas put in place ?Oplan Iron Curtain? ? a dragnet for suspects ? but Mercado said that there had been no results so far.

    Shocked city employees mourned the loss of the well-liked figure.

    "We did not just lose a mayor but a father," one told CNN, adding that he always greeted them with a cheery "good morning" upon arriving at City Hall.

    His assistant, Malen Calimahad, worked for him for five years and said she'd miss "the mayor's jokes. He was a happy person."

    She said that he'd been under the weather for the past few days but came in anyway, such was his dedication.

    The 'Duterte of Batangas'

    The prisoners who were paraded had confessed to drug offenses but had not been formally charged, Halili told CNN in an interview in 2016.

    Halili started the contentious policy in 2014 with the help of his 70-strong "anti-crime group," government officials who dressed in all black and patrolled the streets, some armed with their own guns.

    He came to prominence in a zero-tolerance climate for drug offenses in the country, led by Duterte's infamous war on drugs, which has seen thousands of suspected drug users and dealers gunned down by police and vigilantes.



    Halili identified strongly with the controversial leader.

    "They call me the 'Duterte of Batangas,'" he told CNN in 2016, referring to the province in which Tanauan is located, and said he was a proud supporter of Duterte and his controversial policies.

    It was revealed Monday that Halili had been stripped of his authority over local police since October 2017 on an order from the Department of Interior, Police Chief Superintendent Mercado told CNN.

    Halili had also been previously placed on a ?narco list? ? a list of people allegedly associated with the drug trade -- by the National Police Commission, Philippines News Agency reported.

    Advocacy organization Human Rights Watch condemned the killing.

    "The killing this morning of Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili, like the thousands of killings in the 'war on drugs' of the Duterte administration, demands immediate and thorough investigation by Philippine authorities," said a statement released by the group.

    "While we did not agree with Mayor Halili's method of dealing with crime and illegal drugs in his city, his murder is condemnable. He may have deprived many Tanauan residents of due process but that doesn't mean he should be deprived of it too."

    Even before Duterte came to power Halili had made a name for himself with the controversial perp walks.

    Corona-Villamor said that Halili's campaign against illegal drugs would "definitely" continue.

    "I am calling on President Duterte to help Tanauan and its people to get justice for the good mayor," she said.

    Tightrope

    When CNN spoke to Halili in 2016, the colorful mayor ? his office at City Hall features a framed, photoshopped picture of him as Iron Man from the Marvel movies ? had recently embarked upon his second term in Tanauan, a bustling city south of the capital Manila.

    He said he had stopped the practice of parading suspects, known in local media as the "walk of shame," when Duterte took office, saying that he didn't "want police to misconstrue" his actions.

    "Somehow there is a lot of confusion. The President will say 'I will kill them all' then backtrack. So as a mayor it can be confusing what to do."

    He said that over the course of his first term he had held around eight or nine parades of suspects.

    "We parade rapists, thieves," alongside drug offenders, he said. "Just those who do wrong."


    Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/20...dead-by-sniper
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    Good riddance. Hopefully duterte is next
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    Yes, justice for the good mayor. I sincerely hope so. But this particular mayor, obviously just copped his justice. Justice is for the bad, as well as the good. Or should be for the good. More often it seems to be injustice save for the slimiest and richest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LucidSDreamr View Post
    Good riddance. Hopefully duterte is next
    Yup.

    I don't support killing - but can make an exception for fascist butchers.
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    I think Duterte is horribly repellent but I'm going to play Devil's Advocate, having spent time in The Philippines is that it is absolutely fucking lawless there. People are desperate for security.
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    It's a complex situation too, right? I mean, duterte seems quite popular.

    Then again, most tyrants are incredibly "popular", right?
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    Fuck i hoped it was Duterte who got killed.

    It would make me so happy to find out that fucker is dead

    But this is nice too
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    Here's a video of him getting shot:

    https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9EpY6_1530515307
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    Difficult days for residents of The Philippines. A struggle which I would not wish to find myself in. A struggle which I cannot say that I understand nearly as well as I would prefer. The lawlessness must be a terrifying part of life over there. One which the nation's citizens seem desperate to rid themselves of. So much bloodshed :-(
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    Things are so bad now you can apparently be arrested for even just drinking in the Philippines:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/21/w...e=sectionfront
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    ^
    decided to check out that article

    The death in custody of another man arrested for being shirtless — the specific offense is “causing alarm and scandal” — has led to calls for a Senate investigation. The police initially said the man, Genesis Argoncillo, 25, who was arrested just outside his home, had suffocated because his cell was overcrowded.
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    It isn't lawlessness. The pigs and their porcine president psycho, dirty duturde are the problem.

    Whattabastard

    They haven't caught the sniper, have they?

    I really hope not. Not until someone is in power who can reward him with a medal for service to his nation and his people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Limpet_Chicken View Post
    It isn't lawlessness.
    Have you been to the Philippines? I have. It's fucking lawless. I'm not trying to defend Duterte. In fact I think him and his ilk are going about it all wrong, just like Fujimori did in Peru, but trust me dude, I've been there and it's fucking lawless.
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    someone actually put those guns duterte was handing out to good use
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    I'm paraphrasing here but I heard Duterte said that, while third parties may value human rights, he values human life. I hope this is accurate but feel free to correct me.

    What will become of the Philippines in the long-term, I wonder? Will Duterte's attempts to curb the black market for street drugs ultimately result in even more lawlessness? Or will he succeed in the end?

    I cannot begin to comprehend what it's like to reside there during this difficult time.
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    I don't understand how people don't see that a "kill drug dealers/users on site" policy could lead to anyone being called a drug user just because someone wants to kill them
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    Aihfl, no I haven't been to the phillipines, but by 'not lawlessness', the point I was attempting to make, was that this sickening barbarism is BECAUSE of the law. The functional equivalent of lawlessness, but because they have one sick fuckin' puppy in power, lording it over people with an iron fist and a bucket full of psychotic mother fucker.

    Might have gone to the dogs, but lawlessness? problem is the bastard making the 'law' and his pet death squads, no?

    And VERY good point falsified...

    Noisy neighbor? screw asking them to turn the music down, plant a few weed stems on his property, grass him up like a dirty snitch and have him killed.

    Guy sleep with your g/f or wife? same. Plant a few grams of coke and turn into a dirty little grass; job done, hell, have both of them murdered at the same time if you are that way inclined.

    Extortion? 'pay me 100k or I ring for the local death squad and have your family killed'

    They are handing a lethal weapon with a hair trigger to every criminal or violent bastard with a grudge and at least four brain cells, two to rub together and generate heat, one to direct the spark and blow into a hot coal in some dry grass, and a fourth to realize the potential for such a weapon to be used.

    Buy one, get one free sale at bastards-r-us.
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