Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

The Human Rights Commission’s (CHR) report, which reinforces the findings of the Justice Department, which pointed to unfair play in dozens of deadly police operations, is the latest to challenge the government’s narrative of the war on drugs.

The commission said it reviewed 579 incidents of “drug-related extrajudicial killings” and violence from 2016 to February 2020, of which 451 were allegedly linked to police operations and involved 705 victims.

Records from at least 87 people showed they sustained multiple gunshot wounds, usually to the head, chest, body and abdomen, while blunt force was used on some, the CHR said.

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“The Supreme Court, in a ruling on the plea of ​​law enforcement self – defense, ruled that the location of a deceased aggressor’s gunshot wound may indicate an intent to kill and not just defend himself,” the CHR said in a statement.

Duterte’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment, while police said they would investigate the CHR report.

Duterte has defended the police, arguing that all those killed were drug dealers who opposed the arrest.

The commission said police officers involved in 77 incidents it investigated were recommended to be “rewarded, rewarded or recognized.”

The Philippines has come under pressure from the UN to investigate allegations of systematic killings of suspects, and the International Criminal Court recently announced it would investigate Duterte’s anti-drug campaign.


By Victor

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