Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressed his willingness to imitate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive stance in fighting criminality and narcotics.
In the past 42 years, nobody has been punished by the death penalty in Sri Lanka, instead, the criminals are being commuted to life in prison.
Like the Philippines, Sri Lanka is also facing the same problem in drugs where the jailed drug lords could continue their illegal drug business despite being placed in the maximum security.
Sri Lankan government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said that their President plan was inspired by Duterte’s strategy in the Philippines on fighting drug lords and pushers.
“We were told that the Philippines has been successful in deploying the arm and dealing with this problem. We will try to replicate their success.” Senaratne said.
President Sirisena also told his cabinet members that he’s ready to sign death penalty warrants against drug lords.
“From now on, we will hang drug offenders without commuting their death sentences,” Sirisena said.
Sri Lankan government also decided to deploy their army to help the police in fighting illegal drugs in the streets.
Aside from Sirisena, U.S President Trump in March, also suggested that drug traffickers should be punished by death.
The drug war success in the Philippines are still being debated, and some human rights group claimed that the strategy of President Rodrigo Duterte in fighting drugs only affects the poor people.
However, President Duterte said that there would be no distinction between rich and poor in the drug war.
“So kung ikaw, mahirap ka sa buhay, I cannot do anything and say, ‘Hindi kita hulihin, hindi kita patayin kasi mahirap ka lang.’ That would be a selective justice,” Duterte said in one of his speeches.
The government also slammed the moves of some critics of the drug war in releasing inaccurate numbers of people being killed during anti-illegal drug operations.
Source: FOX ,