Victims of crime in the Philippines pin their hopes on the tough-talker expected to be the new president to make good on his election promises. Paul Chapman reports.
The walls at the offices of Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption in Manila are lined with posters of those they seek to help. Under the reign of outgoing President Benigno Aquino the number of crimes has more than doubled in five years to more than 675,000. Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption official Arseno Evangelista's son was among them, murdered by a car theft-gang. He says Aquino's likely successor Rodrigo Duterte, who campaigned solely on a crackdown on criminals, is delivering the right message. (SOUNDBITE)(Filipino/English) ARSENO 'BOY' EVANGELISTA, VOLUNTEERS AGAINST CRIME AND CORRUPTION SPOKESMAN, SAYING: "Every time our loved ones go outside their homes or offices we don't know if they'll make it back alive. Peace of mind is extremely important, and as long as we can eat three or four times a day, we can settle for that. Even if we don't earn that much, peace of mind would give us assurance that our loved ones are safe and secure." Duterte campaigned on the single issue of crushing crime, corruption and drug abuse. But his advocacy of extra-judicial killings to stamp out crime and drugs have alarmed human rights groups. (SOUNDBITE)(Filipino/English) CRISTINA PALABAY, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE KARAPATAN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP SAYING: "The issue of poverty isn't being addressed at all. If the poor commit crimes it's because of desperation brought about by poverty, gross inequality of access to education, and the lack of a rehabilitative framework in the country's existing justice and penal system." Duterte's incendiary rhetoric and tough-talking anti-crime message have brought widespread popularity and a perception that he's a bringer of change. Others hear echoes of the nation's authoritarian past and say they'll be watching him carefully.