The drug policy has become much clearer with Duterte urging the public to kill drug addicts as well as dealers. There was some confusion about the “dealers only” policy, a government spokesperson told Private Tye. “Without a court hearing, anybody could be suspected of being a drug dealer. Don't like you daughter's boyfriend? Then shoot him and say you suspected him of being a drug dealer. Don't like your wife? Then shoot her and say she was a drug dealer. With the new policy of shooting addicts, authorities can test the blood of the corpse and determine whether it was a good shoot. No dope in the body's blood, then no reward and no medal.”
“Its not just citizens who can participate”, he continued, “we are hoping tourists will join in. There are now so many restrictions on Grouse shooting in Britain that the Aristocracy have virtually given up. We invite them pack their shoguns and come to the Philippines for a tweaker shoot.”
The Americans are also enthusiastic. Teddy Roosevelt, the Big Game hunter, told Private Tye that he would love to get a Philippine tweakers head as a trophy. “It would look great on my wall, between the buck and the bear” he said.
The real story from Asia Correspondent:
NEWLY-INSTALLED Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has reiterated his tough stance on crime by urging the public to not only kill drug dealers, but addicts as well.
His remarks came barely a day after he was sworn in as the country’s 16th president in Manila on Thursday, Vice News reported.
Speaking to a crowd of 500 in a Manila slum, Duterte said: “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”
He added that, “These sons of whores are destroying our children.”
After claiming victory in the general elections in May, the former Davao city mayor said medals would be given to citizens who shot and killed drug dealers.
His words look to have been put into action since he took presidency as bodies of drug suspects piled up over the last few several days.
According to the Philippine Star, 18 suspected drug pushers were killed in separate incidents over the weekend, while another 952 confessed drug users and pushers, fearing for their safety, surrendered themselves to authorities in the past two days.
Three suspects were killed by policemen in Duterte’s hometown of Davao and another five suspects were shot in Quaipo.
Lawmen in Caloocan also killed a former policemen and suspected drug pusher.
One man was shot in Tondo, Manila on Sunday and another in San Pedro, Laguna. Another six suspects were killed in Quezon province.
The latest deathtoll brought the number of drug suspects killed to 30 after Duterte was sworn in as president on June 30, PhilStar reported.
With Vannesa Mae (the half British, half Thai violinist) tipped to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, there is a real possibility that after Brexit, Britain will join the Association of South-East Asian Nations. Already there is a firm foundation in trade. The Guardian has claimed that 40% of Britain's food comes from Europe, but actually it is 40% of Britain's dog food. Most British food comes from ASEAN. As is well known, the British only eat two things: Fish & Chips and Spam. Atlantic cod and haddock have disappeared, so British fish and chips are now made with vile tasting Catfish from the Mekong river. British Spam is made entirely of Indonesian Palm Oil (plus colouring and artificial flavours).
So, ASEAN can feed Britain but what does Britain have to offer ASEAN? Obviously nobody in ASEAN would want buy anything made in Britain, but Britain does have new Trident nuclear submarines (David Cameron ordered these as a defense against North Korea). Just as the French nuclear force will form the backbone of the new European army, Trident could form the backbone of an ASEAN army. And lets face it, an ASEAN army is necessary. German unification under Bismark led to an arms race between the superpowers and the First and Second World Wars. We can expect something similar from European unification and Thailand does not want to miss out again on the next world war.
Breitbart 27 Jun 2016
Soon after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU), its foreign affairs chief, Elmar Brok, urged the economic and political bloc to go ahead with plans to create an army.The German politician told Die Welt that EU countries need to cooperate more closely on issues of defence, and suggested the EU needs a military headquarters. He said:
“We need a common (military) headquarters and a coalition (of EU countries) acting in accordance with the permanent structural cooperation of the EU Treaty. From such a group an EU army could eventually arise.”
Mr Brok suggested the forces be modeled on the Franco-German Brigade, a special military brigade of the Eurocorps of the European Union.
Stating that a united EU army would make European foreign policy much more effective, the foreign affairs head said such a force would: “strengthen the role of Europeans in [global] security and defense policy, make Europe able to better fulfill its responsibilities in the world and also achieve more synergies in defense spending.”
Guardian 4 April 2013
David Cameron has issued a stark warning against any move to abandon Britain's Trident deterrent in the face of the growing nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran.
The prime minister said it would "foolish" to leave the country defenceless at a time when the "highly unpredictable and aggressive" regime in North Korea was developing ballistic missiles that could eventually threaten Europe.
His comments came as the United States said that it was moving an advanced missile system to the Pacific island of Guam as Pyongyang continued to ratchet up the rhetoric against South Korea and its American ally.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Cameron said such "evolving threats" underlined the need for the UK to maintain the ultimate deterrent. "We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British government embarked on it over six decades ago. Of course the world has changed dramatically. The Soviet Union no longer exists. But the nuclear threat has not gone away," he said.
"In terms of uncertainty and potential risk it has, if anything, increased.”
Admiral Graft Pay, the officer responsible for the purchase, talked to Private Tye. He explained that the submarines needed to be small because the Gulf of Thailand is very shallow and large submarines would be easily detected by an enemy. Also, he added, large submarines might frighten away the tourists that can be found on all the Thai beaches. When asked if the subs could be deployed against China, he answered that of course they could. “We have every intention of helping the Americans to help Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines take control of these island before they disappear under the sea due to global warming. China has no business being in the South China Sea” he stated adamantly.
The real story from Reuters:
Military-ruled Thailand will buy three submarines worth around $1 billion from China, the defense minister said on Friday, a move that signals warming ties with the regional superpower as relations with the United States cool.
Thailand's army seized power in a May 2014 coup following months of street protests, toppling the remnants of the civilian government led by Yingluck Shinawatra. Since then, the military government has sought to improve ties with China which has stepped into the vacuum left by Western governments that have kept the junta at arms length and called for a rapid return to democratic government.
That has come as Beijing and Washington jostle for power and influence in Southeast Asia, where China's disputed maritime claims in the South China Sea have has caused tension in recent years. The purchase of 36 billion baht ($1.03 billion) worth of Chinese-made submarines next year was confirmed on Friday by Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, after the navy put the plan to the cabinet.
Thailand has never had submarines and has tried, since the 1990s, to sign deals with several countries, including South Korea and Germany.
Thailand put the deal with China on hold a year ago to review the cost and capabilities of the vessels. Warming ties with China have seen the two countries work toward a massive rail project and holding joint air force exercises. Thailand's defense spending is set to rise to around 214 billion baht ($6.10 billion) in 2017, up 16.6 percent from 2014.