The punisher’s paradise

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle


Davao is not your typical Southeast Asian city. The air is clear and the pace relaxed. Such an orderly way of life has much to do with the stringent governance of the current mayor of Davao, Rodrigo S. Duterte, commonly known as Rody. His most controversial policy is what some call a “zero tolerance approach to crime”. Others, particularly human rights activists, prefer to term it an “endorsement of summary executions”. From time to time, the peace and quiet of Davao City is disrupted by groups of men in baseball caps pulling over on motorbikes and stabbing or shooting a known criminal, often a drug dealer or juvenile recidivist. According to Amnesty International, about 1,000 people have been executed in this fashion since 2001, when Duterte came to power.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationSoutheast Asia Globe
PublisherSoutheastern Globe Communications Co. Ltd
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015


  • Philippines
  • police culture
  • criminal investigation
  • governance
  • postcolonialism
  • vigilantism


Dive into the research topics of 'The punisher’s paradise'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this