Philippines Says “We Do Not Condone Unlawful Killings” — After Extrajudicial Killing Death Toll Passes 3,000 Dead Without Trial, Due Process — Could Be Worse Than Marcos

In his first policy address as DFA chief, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington that the Duterte administration is determined to establish a government free of corruption and criminality. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration does not condone unlawful killings in its anti-crime campaign as it is firmly committed to respecting and upholding human rights, Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr. told a recent forum organized by a US think tank.

In his first policy address as DFA chief, Yasay told the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington that the Duterte administration is determined to establish a government free of corruption and criminality.

“We do not and will never condone any unlawful killings, and Philippine authorities have been instructed to immediately look into these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Yasay said.

“In the book of President Duterte and in my book, extrajudicial killing has no place in our society,” he added.

In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading “I’m a pusher”, on a street in Manila. Getty Images

The rising death toll in the government’s vicious campaign to eliminate illegal drugs and other forms of criminality has sparked concerns in the international community, particularly from the US and the United Nations.

In his address, Yasay said full respect for human rights and upholding the value and dignity of every person are government’s commitment enshrined in the Philippine Constitution. Duterte, he stressed, has repeatedly voiced his commitment to uphold the Constitution.

“We will not veer from this,” Yasay said, noting that law enforcement agencies are bound by legal procedures and strict operational protocols.

Residents carried the body of a suspected drug dealer killed by unidentified gunmen in Manila on Sept. 14. Mr. Duterte’s violent crackdown on drugs and crime has left almost 3,000 people dead since he came to office, according to police.
Residents carried the body of a suspected drug dealer killed by unidentified gunmen in Manila on Sept. 14. Mr. Duterte’s violent crackdown on drugs and crime has left almost 3,000 people dead since he came to office, according to police. PHOTO: NOEL CELIS/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Duterte has made it clear that law enforcement authorities are to apprehend criminals, and that the use of force may only be considered if the law enforcement officer’s life is threatened.

The DFA chief admitted being bothered by the negative response by some quarters to the stepped up war on criminality. The “extensive media coverage on the Philippines’ war on drugs and corruption is not lost on us,” he lamented.

The Philippines’ war against drugs, he said, involves stopping the supply of illegal drugs, curbing demand, and sending drug offenders to jail and giving them chance to undergo rehabilitation.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/17/1624571/philippines-upholds-rule-law-yasay

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Police probers gather evidence near the bodies of two alleged drug pushers killed in Quiapo, Manila.JOVEN CAGANDE

These are some of the bodies of men killed in President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on illegal drugs (so far):

Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23,  in Manila

Two women cry in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot their loved one in a main thoroughfare on July 23, in Manila

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A young alleged drug dealer pictured with his hands and feet bound and his head wrapped in tape besides a road

Police examine the body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila, as shocked locals look on

The body of three alleged drug suspects lie inside a room littered with pink toys and a Hello Kitty cushion. A gun can be seen by one of the men's feet

The body of three alleged drug suspects lie inside a room littered with pink toys and a Hello Kitty cushion. A gun can be seen by one of the men’s feet

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A crime scene shows where an alleged drug dealer was killed. There has been at least 300 drug related deaths since the start of July 

A crime scene shows where an alleged drug dealer was killed. There has been at least 300 drug related deaths since the start of July

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An alleged drug dealer and victim is found with his head wrapped in tape

An alleged drug dealer and victim is found with his head wrapped in tape

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A man is seen shot dead outside of a local shop in Manila and was another alleged drug dealer

A man in a blood soaked white t-shirt lays curled up on the ground next to a handgun

A man in a blood soaked white t-shirt lays curled up on the ground next to a handgun

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Another body is seen in an alleyway shot dead in a summary execution in Manila on July 12 

Another two bodies are seen in alleyways after being shot dead in Manila, The Philippines

An alleged drug dealer and victim is seen here with his hands bound and his head wrapped in tape

An alleged drug dealer and victim is seen here with his hands bound and his head wrapped in tape

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A woman clutches her dead husband in grief after armed assailants in a motorcycle shot him in a main thoroughfare on July 23

A woman clutches her dead husband in grief after armed assailants on a motorcycle shot him in a main thoroughfare on July 23

The wife of the victim said he was not a drug peddler and that he was nothing more than a pedicab driver plying his trade when he was shot in front of her

The wife of the victim said he was not a drug peddler and that he was nothing more than a pedicab driver plying his trade when he was shot in front of her

A funeral services worker in a yellow t-shirt is seen alongside police as another body of an alleged drug dealer is recovered in Manila 

A funeral services worker in a yellow t-shirt is seen alongside police as another body of an alleged drug dealer is recovered in Manila

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Local people line up behind a yellow police crime scene tape as police carry out an investigation in Manila 

Local people line up behind a yellow police crime scene tape as police carry out an investigation in Manila

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Funeral workers transport bodies of alleged drug dealers and victims of summary executions inside a funeral parlor on July 27

Funeral workers transport bodies of alleged drug dealers and victims of summary executions inside a funeral parlor on July 27

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The body of an alleged drug dealer  waits to be transported to a funeral home in Manila

The body of an alleged drug dealer waits to be transported to a funeral home in Manila

This picture was taken at midnight after a drug raid in a large shanty community of the port area district on July 21, 2016 in Manila

A Filipino woman grieves the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads 'I'm a pusher'. The man was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines

A Filipino woman grieves the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads ‘I’m a pusher’. The man was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Pasay City, south of Manila, Philippines

Duterte has also told police he would protect them from legal consequences if they killed drug dealers, the South China Morning Post reported.

Picture shows the body of a killed Filipino allegedly involved in illegal drugs. Police have confirmed killing more than 110 drug suspects since president Duterte came to power

Picture shows the body of a killed Filipino allegedly involved in illegal drugs. Police have confirmed killing more than 110 drug suspects since president Duterte came to power

Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher', on a street in Manila

Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading ‘I’m a pusher’, on a street in Manila

At least 43,000 alleged drug traffickers have been 'neutralised' and 300kg of shabua, a highly addictive methamphetamine, has been confiscated

At least 43,000 alleged drug traffickers have been ‘neutralised’ and 300kg of shabua, a highly addictive methamphetamine, has been confiscated

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3710940/Harrowing-pictures-brutal-truth-Philippines-war-drugs-s-seen-300-killed-just-one-month-president-ordered-police-bars-ground.html#ixzz4JO0QuUb2
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One Response to “Philippines Says “We Do Not Condone Unlawful Killings” — After Extrajudicial Killing Death Toll Passes 3,000 Dead Without Trial, Due Process — Could Be Worse Than Marcos”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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