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Hit them, shoot them, but don’t kill, Philippines President tells citizens what to do to corrupt officials

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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has directed citizens to shoot, but not kill, any public officials they witness taking bribes, promising them immunity from prosecution, provided the corrupt bureaucrat survives.

In a speech made during his visit to a province on the Philippine island, the president suggested shooting corrupt officials in the foot to avoid a prison sentence and offered to defend such action.

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He said:

“If you pay a tax, a fee or get a certificate, and the officials ask for a bribe, hit them. If you have weapons, you can shoot them, but don’t kill, because during the proceedings you may not receive a pardon.”

According to RT, the presidential ‘order’ also called on Filipinos to beat up corrupt officials they encounter, despite the likely disastrous consequences for law and order.

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“If you pay a tax, a fee or get a certificate, and the officials ask for a bribe, hit them. If you have weapons, you can shoot them, but don’t kill, because during the proceedings you may not receive a pardon,” the outspoken leader said.

He added that those who take him up on the offer “will not be sent to prison, but will only be seriously punished physically.”

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Covid-19: Oyo discharges 17, records two deaths

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COVID-19: Oyo records 28 new cases

Oyo State has recorded two more deaths from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to six.

Head of the state COVID-19 task force, Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed this while giving an update on Wednesday morning.

The two deaths were from the six positive cases reported for Tuesday.

With the six cases, a total of 250 cases are now confirmed in the state.

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The breakdown of the six latest cases shows one case recorded from iSON Xperiences and one each from Ibadan South West, Ibadan South East, Surulere, Ido and Egbeda Local Government Areas.

Meanwhile, seventeen confirmed COVID-19 patients have been discharged.

 

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U.S. passes 100,000 coronavirus death toll

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The U.S. has surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, the world’s highest.

It reached the mark on Tuesday night as figures rolled in from the states.

John Hopkins University estimated the death toll at 98,902 deaths as at 01:30GMT on Wednesday.

But data company Dadax which runs worldometers.info said 100,579 people have died.

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On Tuesday alone, fresh infections were 19,049 , while fresh deaths were 774.

U.S. caseload of infections is now 1,725,275 and still counting.

President Trump has been accused of causing the carnage, by not taking action when he should have.

But on Tuesday night, Trump tweeted a defence:

“For all of the political hacks out there, if I hadn’t done my job well, & early, we would have lost 1 1/2 to 2 Million People, as opposed to the 100,000 plus that looks like will be the number.

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“That’s 15 to 20 times more than we will lose. I shut down entry from China very early!

“One person lost to this invisible virus is too much, it should have been stopped at its source, China, but I acted very quickly, and made the right decisions.

“Many of the current political complainers thought, at the time, that I was moving far to fast, like Crazy Nancy!”.

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Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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COVID-19: T. B Joshua speaks on Sanwo-Olu, wearing of face masks

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Prophet T. B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations [SCOAN] has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts in ensuring the safety of lives of Lagos residents in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He described the Governor as one of a kind over his activity at this critical time, comparing him to the New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who, according to Joshua, is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

Speaking during one of his live shows on Emmanuel Television, he also warned against the abuse of face masks, noting that some people were wearing their face masks for long periods of time, which he said was dangerous.

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He said,

“We would like to use this time to salute our governor of Lagos State, Governor Sanwo-Olu.

“Indeed, he’s one of a kind. If you look at his activity at this critical time, it can be compared to the New York governor who is always on the national news to update the general public and to educate them.

“Our governor wants to see his people and he wants to see them living well. We pray God will increase his capacity to do more, in Jesus’ name!”

He added,

“Following global health guidelines during this period of COVID-19, the government is insisting on the use of face masks in public places – along with social distancing and handwashing.

“Face masks can be a very good thing but they can also be dangerous when they are not used properly or when they are not made with the proper material.

“The government has asked you to wear face masks when you are in public places, in the midst of people, on the streets, in vehicles when you are not alone. The government is doing this to help you.

“They are not asking you to wear it 24 hours a day. There should be a time at home when you remove it. But some people are wearing their face masks for long periods of time.

“Breathing the same air in and out or not getting enough air while breathing – all of this can affect your health, cause headaches, fatigue and worsen existing health challenges.

“So let us be careful of the amount of time we wear the face mask and also of the kind of material our face masks are made out of.

“For many, the chemicals used to make such material can be dangerous to inhale. NOTE: The face mask is your personal mask. It should be clean and made of proper material. This requires your discretion, viewers.

“Sometimes hardship can influence our reasoning. Sometimes joblessness can influence our reasoning. Sometimes fear can influence our reasoning. Sometimes pressure can influence our reasoning.”

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