DFA to US: PH committed to rule of law, doesn't condone killings | Global News

DFA to US: PH committed to rule of law, doesn’t condone killings

/ 06:51 PM August 13, 2016

The Philippine government on Saturday assured the United States of its adherence to the rule of law and protection of rights amid the administration’s relentless war against drugs and criminality.

Reacting to a statement by the US Embassy in Manila, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines does not condone the spate of vigilante killings of drug suspects in the country.

“The Philippine government is focused on its peace and order efforts, including the eradication of illicit drugs and its manufacture, distribution and use from our society. Nevertheless, while pursuing this objective, the Philippine government is committed to the rule of law, and the protection of human rights of all,” the DFA said in a statement.


“Law enforcement officials are expected to abide by legal procedures and strict operational protocols. Alleged violations of these protocols will be investigated by the authorities and those who have broken the law will be prosecuted,” it added.


The US Embassy in Manila on Friday expressed alarm over the rising death toll in the administration’s antidrug campaign.

“We are concerned by reports regarding extrajudicial killings of individuals suspected to have been involved in drug activity in the Philippines,” it said. “We strongly urge the Philippines to ensure its law enforcement efforts are consistent with its human rights obligations.”

The DFA said Philippine authorities have already been instructed to look into the unlawful killings and bring perpetrators to justice.

As of Aug. 12, the Inquirer’s “Kill List” notes 601 drug-related deaths since June 30 or after President Rodrigo Duterte took office.

The DFA also welcomed the US Embassy’s reaffirmation of the broad-ranging relationship between the Philippines and the United States, “and the importance of the strategic alliance vis-à-vis our shared values and shared goals.”

“We look to the substantial and meaningful assistance of the United States in pursuit of our own national objectives, especially in addressing the issues of counterterrorism, maritime security and economic cooperation,” the department added.

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TAGS: Department of Foreign Affairs, drug war, Killings, rule of law, United States, US Embassy in Manila

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