Human rights not in the way of drug war â PNP
PNP chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said the police has not allowed human rights to get in the way of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, which he said made decisive steps in reducing the supply of illegal drugs in the country.
Philstar.com/File Photo
Human rights not in the way of drug war – PNP
Neil Jayson Servallos (The Philippine Star) - September 22, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday dismissed the recent clamor of the United Nations’ human rights chief for the government to scrap policies in its war on illegal drug that led to killings and human rights violations.

PNP chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said the police has not allowed human rights to get in the way of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, which he said made decisive steps in reducing the supply of illegal drugs in the country.

“Despite calls by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to turn our back on the anti-drug campaign, we will never lower our guard against a crime that destroys families and the moral fiber of society, and certainly not while we are winning the war,” Cascolan told reporters yesterday.

He earlier denied the existence of extrajudicial killings like his predecessors and added that the PNP’s anti-drug operations were guided by operational procedures that were supposedly hinged on human rights and the rule of law.

A recent report by the Human Rights Watch cited government data that showed drug-related killings went up by almost 50 percent between April and July compared to the same period last year.

The same report culled the numbers from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that showed that as of July this year, a total of 5,810 drug suspects were killed in 178,348 anti-illegal drug operations conducted since 2016. Some local and international bodies, however, said the numbers could be higher.

During a session of the 45th Human Rights Council in Geneva last week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet also expressed her concern regarding reports of the continued rise in drug-related killings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, whose agency has jurisdiction over the PNP, disagreed with the reports and said these shouldn’t be given credence as they only come from leftist organizations and critics of the Duterte administration.

“Our evaluation and reminders for our policemen not to tolerate any policy on judicial killing, much more also violating human rights, is continuing,” Año said in a television interview yesterday.

DRUG WAR HUMAN RIGHTS
Philstar
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

FORGOT PASSWORD?
SIGN IN
or sign in with