[From the web] DOJ’s review of the drug war’s extrajudicial executions veils truth on Duterte’s central policy of killing | iDEFEND

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DOJ’s review of the drug war’s extrajudicial executions veils truth on Duterte’s central policy of killing

Back in April 2019, the Supreme Court ordered the Solicitor General to release to petitioners, all records of extrajudicial killings related to the government’s war on drugs. It turned down the appeal of the Solicitor General to keep the files with the government for reasons of national security. The petitioners-FLAG and CENTERLAW, should have received the records of at least five thousand cases of killings during police operations. The petitioners have also asked the Supreme Court to declare the war on drugs unconstitutional. The PNP and the Solicitor General eventually sent copies of what CENTERLAW described as “rubbish” documents, mostly unrelated to the drug war.

Earlier on, if the government had fully complied with the Supreme Court’s order, it could have initiated a more credible process to remedy the human rights calamity brought by its drug war. Truthful disclosure of all information and documentation of state sponsored extrajudicial killings, would have been a crucial first step in enforcing the law, it would have indicated the government’s willingness and ability to make the justice system work. Instead the country is now facing a full blown investigation by the International Criminal Court, which the Department of Justice singularly tries to avoid by mounting a measly review of a handful of cases with the permission of the main suspect — the PNP.

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