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The New York Times reported that the reason behind the extra judicial killings and problems on drugs in the Philippines is the unwillingness of former President Benigno Aquino III to work.

The magazine's post last Sept 11, 2016 said, "But the true roots of the problem can be traced to the administration of Mr. Duterte’s predecessor, Benigno Aquino III. That is because, experts say, the true cause of this kind of extrajudicial violence is the public’s loss of confidence in state institutions and its turning instead to more immediate forms of punishment and control." 
It also said that, "And, perhaps most critical, Mr. Aquino was perceived as lazy and soft, unwilling to take the necessary steps to solve the country’s problems."

When former President Aquino was elected last 2010, one of his promises to the Filipinos is that he will be supporting human right and the rule of law. Still, he was not able to overhaul PH corrupt and ineffective justice system. The Aquino Administration was also caught up in scandals, including which the infamous hostage-taking incident which happened in Manila last 2010.

"And, perhaps most critical, Mr. Aquino was perceived as lazy and soft, unwilling to take the necessary steps to solve the country’s problems." New York Times said.

The people desired for a new kind of leadership as they became frustrated due to the previous administration's incompetence when it comes in providing basic security to the people. 

Leaders like President Duterte who is willing to do whatever it takes to solve the country's problem have the political will to capture popular sentiment.
Gema Santamaria, a professor at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology in Mexico City who studied lynchings and other forms of vigilante killings said in New York Times' issue, "When you have a weak government that faces a security crisis and also a crisis of trust of the people, the issue of promising more punishment is a shortcut to gain citizens’ confidence, to gain support.”

The New York Times on PNoy: 'Lazy, Soft, Unwilling  To Solve The Country’s Problems'

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