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
5 killed in separate buy-bust operations in 3 Bulacan towns
An overnight of separate drug buy- bust operations in three different towns Bulacan resulted in the death of five suspected drug pushers.
BULACAN, Philippines — Two drug suspects were killed in a separate buy-bust operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pandi, Bulacan Tuesday night.
Allan Dexter dela Cruz was fatally shot after allegedly resisting arrest when he sensed he was transacting with a police officer at past 12 midnight.
The same case happened with another drug suspect identified only as alias “Larry” who was cornered by police in a remote and grassy area, still in the town of Pandi at dawn.
Seized from each suspect were .38 caliber pistol; about 10 sachets of shabu and P500 of buy-bust money.
Two separate buy-bust operations in Balagtas, Bulacan also yielded two fatalities.
A drug suspect identified as alias Lito Onse was killed at Barangay Santol, while the other suspect remained unidentified as of press time.
Both were said to have resisted arrest after undercover police bought shabu at P500.
Meanwhile, a tricycle driver was also shot dead in Barangay Kutkot, Pulilan, Bulacan at 12:30am.
Police said the driver quickly fled after sensing that he was selling drugs to a cop.
He allegedly exchanged fire with authorities before he was cornered and killed. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue
SolGen asks SC to extend deadline of documents on war on drugs
Bodies of two women believed to be victims of a drug-related killing, were found on a street in Manila.
PASAY CITY, Philippines – The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to extend its deadline for the submission of documents pertaining to the administration’s war on drugs.
As of this date, the OSG was able to submit a number of documents but only for several cases.
The SC directed the OSG to submit detailed reports on 3,800 cases of deaths in police operations recorded from July 1. 2016 to November 30, 2017 which are being attributed to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign. – UNTV News & Rescue
Malacañang to release detailed report on drug-related killings
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Malacañang is planning to disclose next week a detailed report on drug-related killings in legitimate operations held by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This is in response to calls from the international community critical of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign.
“In a few months, I will have a file each for every killing reported by the PNP indicating that there was no excessive use of force,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque said.
Roque added that “if there’s reason to file charges against the killers,” he will encourage such move to clear accusations that the government is not acting on the issues of drug-related killings in the country. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue