Donald Trump is a big fan of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. After all, Duterte is a murderous, foulmouthed autocrat. The fact that he’s launched vile insults at both Chelsea Clinton and Barack Obama is just a bonus. Trump would have loved him anyway.
Trump has invited Duterte to come to the White House and even consulted with him on how to handle North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. Perhaps they can use their visit to discuss the proper way to cover up mass killings.
An analysis of crime data from two of Metro Manila’s five police districts and interviews with doctors, law enforcement officials and victims’ families point to one answer: Police were sending corpses to hospitals to destroy evidence at crime scenes and hide the fact that they were executing drug suspects.
Although it’s known that thousands have died under Duerte as both police and vigilante mobs have been killing people suspected of being involved with drugs with impunity, the existing numbers are substantially below the actual totals.
The Manila commander said police depended on emergency room doctors being too focused on the patients to care about why they were shot. The doctors “aren't asking any questions. They only record it: DOA,” he said.
Shipping off corpses by ambulance has many advantages. It lets police cover up both the numbers killed, and lets them send bodies far away from anyone who might be asking questions.