International network urges PHL government to stop EJKs and human rights violations
by UNTV | Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — “Stop the killings” and “Stop silencing dissent.”
This has been the call of a mission of international parliamentarians and civil society leaders who visited the Philippines to observe the human rights condition of the Philippines.
The mission includes members of some non-governmental organization (NGOs) from Germany, Sweden, Italy, United States and Australia who condemn the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
The NGOs insisted that the Philippine government should put a stop to its drug war following the deaths of several minors, further noting the usual victims of such a campaign are the poor.
However, the deputy of the Party of European Socialist (PES) explained that they are not meddling in the manner Mr. Duterte is leading the Philippines.
“We do not wish to interfere in the decision-making processes of legitimate democratical government,” said PES Deputy Secretary-General Giacomo Filibeck.
“The reason why we are here is because we know that is no law that allows killings of thousand of people,” he added.
The NGOs also condemned what they claim as the Duterte administration’s political persecution of its critics.
“Democracy lives from contradiction, from the pride of public opinion, does not live of killing, democracy lives thru dissents because dissents are the essence of democracy,” said Solidar Secretary-General Conny Reuter.
Due to the rising number of alleged human rights violation in the country, the civil society groups are worried the Philippines might lose its special trading deal with the European Union (EU).
“This GSP plus situation is not being kept up that means our trading relations will suffer in particular agricultural products,” said S&D MEP Arne Lietz, member of the delegation.
They also called on the government to allow the UN human rights council to conduct its own investigation into what they describe as unreasonable deaths, and thus, properly resolve the country’s problem on illegal drugs. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) relaunches its anti-illegal drug operations or Oplan Tokhang yesterday.
According to PNP chief Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, cops will visit drug personalities only once under the new arrangement of Oplan Tokhang.
Should the suspected drug personalities refuse to open their doors to the so-called tokhangers, the police or the barangay personnel will give their names to designated drug enforcement units that would be in charge of investigating them and conducting a case build-up.
If the drug personalities can prove that they have changed their behavior, they will be removed from the lists of drug suspects, but will still be monitored by authorities.
Bato called on drug personalities to never resist arrest so that blood will no longer be shed during Oplan Tokhang operations.
All tokhangers will bring short and long firearms to protect themselves.
“I am willing to give up my posts, kung may tao diyan na pwedeng “o maging successful tayo sa anti-drug na walang mamamatay. That’s baloney. That’s impossible,” said Dela Rosa.
(I am willing to give up my post if anyone can carry out a successful, bloodless anti-drug war. That’s baloney. That’s impossible.)
Dela Rosa, meanwhile, reminded his men to take caution and not to repeat the mistakes of the cops who conducted the previous Oplan Tokhang.
“Please kung mahal niyo yung PNP, tulungan natin na hindi na masira ang ating imahe by being vigilant doon sa ating mga kasamahan na posibleng gumawa ng mga kalokohan. Bantayan natin sila at ingatan natin ang ating trabaho para hindi tayo masisira,” said the PNP chief.
(Please, if you love the PNP, let’s help protect its image by being vigilant on our colleagues who might commit corruption. Let’s monitor them and take care of our jobs so that our image won’t be destroyed,” said the chief.) — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
UNTV is a major TV broadcast network with 24-hour programming. An Ultra High Frequency station with strong brand content that appeal to everyone, UNTV is one of the most trusted and successful Philippine networks that guarantees wholesome and quality viewing experience.