Philippines drug war continues

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) personnel prepare to destroy P3.1 million ($62,000) worth of chemicals and laboratory equipment which were seized recently in President Rodrigo Duterte’s unrelenting war on drugs, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Valenzuela city, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

BY MYRON PENWELL

CURRENT AFFAIRS CONTRIBUTOR

Manila, Philippines, Dec 5. — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines crackdown on drugs continues, with drug busts having a 97 percent kill ratio, in the 51 drug busts conducted by the Philippine police.

According to evidence gathered by Reuters Investigates, many of these officers are just gunning down suspects during the raids.

This drug war in the Philippines began on June 30, 2016 when President Duterte was elected president of the Philippines. He ran on the promise of getting rid of the drug problem in the Philippines and curbing political corruption.

When coming into office, President Duterte reportedly made a threat to drug addicts saying, “Hitler massacred three million Jews. Now, there are three million drug addicts. I’d be happy to slaughter them.”

Since his election the death toll has steadily increased. According to ABS-CBN, a news organization in the Philippines, over 5882 people have been killed, 3841 of these killings outside of police operations.

The tactics used in the Philippines have been condemned by the U.N, “We call on the Philippine authorities to adopt with immediate effect the necessary measures to protect all persons from targeted killings and extrajudicial executions,” the new UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, said in the report.

Despite numerous  criticisms coming from various global authorities, President Duterte continues his war on drugs undeterred, responding, “Maybe we’ll just have to decide to separate from the United Nations,” he said in English during the address.

“If you are that insulting, son of a bitch, we should just leave,” according to a translation by CNN affiliate CNN Philippines. “Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.”

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