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Jakarta Post

Duterte inspired by ‘Petrus’: Wiranto

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 12 2017   /  12:39 am

Summary execution-style killings between 1982 and 1985, known locally as penembakan misterius (mysterious shootings), or Petrus, were infamous as a means of bringing down crime rates in the country during the dictatorial regime of former president Soeharto.

More than three decades later, Petrus, considered one of Indonesia’s past gross human rights violations, is said to be an inspiration for President Rodrigo Duterte, the leader of the Philippines, in his notorious war on drugs.

This claim was made by Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, who was also a former defense minister and Armed Forces (ABRI) commander before the fall of the New Order regime in 1998.

According to Wiranto, Duterte revealed the source of inspiration behind his “shooting-spree” of drug traffickers to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during their casual con...