CHR hopes Duterte administration can curb abuses in drug war
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) hopes the Duterte administration will “utilize all means to exact accountability from all perpetrators” of abuses in its war on drugs.
“With this recognition and admission of the existence of abuses, we are hopeful that the administration will utilize all means to exact accountability from all perpetrators,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement on Tuesday.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the police and military to “reasses” their operations in the war against illegal drugs and criminality.
He gave the order after three police officers were convicted for the murder of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos during an anti-drug operation in August 2017.
While the CHR welcomed the President’s recent directive to law enforcers, it stressed that given the “susceptibility to human rights violations” of the anti-illegal drug campaign, it was the duty of the administration “to rectify the approach and method being employed in addressing the said problem.”
The CHR also expects that Duterte’s recent order would ensure that police and military forces will “truly embody the laws they seek to enforce and re-imbibe their sworn duty to serve and protect the rights of the people at all times.”
“For a long term solution, social ills such as poverty, inequality, lack of education, etc., must be addressed to tackle the root causes of the problems simultaneous with effective law enforcement,” De Guia said. /atm
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