On Human Dignity & Respect

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s unprecedented reforms, massive ‘cleaning’ campaign against drugs and criminality, tough rhetoric statements, unwise comments on national and international issues, and unpredictable government policies have rather warranted, not public order, but spurred widespread uncertainties, political struggles, and diplomatic conflicts.

While President Duterte’s promised six months to eradicate drugs in the country is gaining momentum with hundreds of thousands of drug suspects surrendering to police authorities, human rights groups are, however, alarmed with the increasing number of suspects killed in drug-related summary executions, vigilante killings and police operations. Months since he assumed the country’s top government post, the toll of drug-related deaths has reached over thousands constituting about two-thirds killed in police operations while one-thirds accounted to unidentified person or extra-judicial killings.

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