New pin-up boy for Tobacco Control. HuffPo:
Smoking In the Philippines Could Land You In Prison For 4 Months
The tough new law will end smoking in public places.
MANILA, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sign a regulation this month banning smoking in public across Southeast Asia’s second-most populous country, rolling out among the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the region.
Public health campaigners who have long battled against the country’s hefty tobacco lobby welcomed the push to end smoking in public places and said they believed Duterte, with his tough anti-vice record, was the man to do it.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial told Reuters on Tuesday she hoped the president would sign the ban, which expands the definition of public places, into law before the end of October and that it would come into effect next month.
She was quoted by newspapers as saying that no smoking would be allowed in public places, whether indoor or outdoor.
But at least Duterte won’t murder smokers. Amnesty International:
“Rodrigo Duterte’s first 100 days as president have been marked by state-sanctioned violence on a truly shocking scale. His brutal crackdown on those allegedly involved in drug crimes has led to carnage on the streets and the obliteration of key human rights, including the right to life and to due process,” said Rafendi Djamin, Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific at Amnesty International.
“Since he was elected President Duterte has actively created a climate where anyone can kill, or be killed, in the name of the ‘war on drugs’. This mass killing must end immediately and all those responsible, at all levels of command, must be brought to justice.”
President Duterte has promised to kill tens of thousands – and on one occasion millions – of people involved in the drugs trade. He has actively encouraged the killing of drug addicts themselves, as well as offering huge bounties to those who turn in drug lords; dead or alive.
Duterte says he can’t imagine living without Viagra
Sounds like he probably has a lot of enemies.
Outgoing United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg denied President Rodrigo Duterte’s claims that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is plotting to oust and assassinate him.
“No. Those kinds of statements are not correct, not true,” Goldberg recently told INQUIRER.net in a chance interview in the ARMM Health Forum in Pasay City.
What a shame.