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Makabayan bloc seeks probe on drug-related EJKs and vigilante killings

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25 August 2016
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio, 09209220817
Makabayan, the bloc of progressive party-lists in the Lower House has filed House Resolution 259 to start a probe into the reported killings and vigilante murders occurring amid the strengthened campaign against illegal drugs.
The resolution was filed by ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio Tinio and Rep. France L. Castro, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Emmi A. de Jesus, BAYAN MUNA Party-List Rep. Carlos Isagani T. Zarate, Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Arlene D. Brosas, ANAKPAWIS Party-List Rep. Ariel Casilao and KABATAAN Party-List Rep. Sarah Jane L. Elago.
Entitled Resolution Urging the House of Representatives to Oppose the Use of Extrajudicial Killings by Law Enforcement Agencies Amid Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s Intensified Campaign to End the Illegal Drug Trade, and to Investigate, in Aid of Legislation, Mounting Complaints of Alleged Drug-Related Extrajudicial Killings and Vigilante Killings, HR 259 states that “complaints are mounting that an alarming number of extrajudicial killings and vigilante executions are taking place and not the official police line of “nanlaban kaya napatay.”
The resolution laments that “ringleaders of drug cartels, big-time drug lords, and their protectors in government have so far escaped the heightened anti-drug campaign, as only small-fry dealers and victim users have been targeted in these killing,” which cites a compilation by a major newspaper of 684 drug-related and vigilante executions (as of August 22).  Other reports estimate these killings to have reached around 1,800.
“There should be no compromise on the necessity to rid the country of crime and narcotics; an intensified campaign against illegal drugs is laudable and, in fact, long-overdue…This relentless campaign must, nonetheless, be waged with the highest regard for the protection of life and respect for human rights; its methods must be conducted in such ways that will spare casualties among innocents, and accord due process to suspects…Instituting safeguards are vital to prevent the anti-drug and anti-crime campaigns from being discredited as a result of due process and human rights violations.” ###

Full text of HR 259: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3_hmbcsQfo_TnB6cnlHZ2o4ZFk/view?usp=sharing

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