Asia-Pacific Daily Compiled by Su Chongbei
After taking office in 2016, Philippine President Duterte began to implement an iron-fist anti-drug policy. Although the anti-drug effect has been good, it is strict Harsh and even cruel anti-drug methods have always been criticized by the outside world. The United Nations even criticized Duterte’s anti-drug war, saying it "caused serious human rights violations and killings in the Philippines." Last week, the Philippine police accidentally killed the daughter of a drug dealer in the process of arresting a drug dealer, which once again caused controversy over Duterte's iron-fisted anti-narcotics.
According to the British "Guardian" report on July 5, last week, in a province in the eastern part of Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a drug dealer used his 3-year-old daughter as a human shield in order to avoid being pursued by the Philippine police. To protect yourself, the policeman on duty accidentally killed the little girl in order to catch the drug dealer.
After the incident, the girl’s mother questioned the practice of the Philippine police. After that, the 20 police officers involved were suspended while awaiting investigation. However, although the Philippine side has begun investigating whether the police are responsible for this incident, the former Philippine police chief Ronald de la Rosa, who was just elected to the Philippine Congress two months ago, has begun to defend the police’s actions.Protect.
Thursday, the policeman said: “We live in an imperfect world. Do the police want to shoot a child? Never, because they also have children, but it will inevitably happen during the action. Some stupid things.” Ronald de la Rosa also said that in this operation, in addition to the manslaughter of the child, two other drug dealers and an undercover policeman were also killed.
For this accident, the Philippine police spokesperson also excused the behavior of the police involved, saying that it was the girl's father who shot the police first. He said: "The accidental appearance is inevitable. He used his daughter as a shield." According to reports, the girl killed in this incident was Duterte's anti-drug initiative in 2016. The youngest victim since the action. According to previous reports from The Guardian, Duterte is pushing a domestic bill to change the age of criminal responsibility from 1.From 5 years old to 12 years old.
For this, Duterte’s reason is that there are a large number of drug cartels in the Philippines. Children are being used for drug trafficking, which has become a major difficulty in the police's drug cleansing work. According to people familiar with the matter, Duterte's original idea was to lower the age limit to 9 years old, but it was limited to the opposition of domestic legislators and civil rights activists, and in the end he could only give up.
According to data, from the launch of the anti-drug campaign in 2016 to the present, the Philippines officially claimed to have killed more than 5,000 people, but according to statistics from foreign institutions, this number is likely to be between 12,000 and 20,000, including a large number of children.
According to the “Guardian” report, the International Criminal Court is currently conducting a preliminary investigation of Duterte to determine whether his anti-drug campaign constitutes a crime against humanity. On Thursday, more than a dozen countries called on the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines.
In response to these objections, Duterte’s spokesperson said this week, The practice of these countries is "shameless interference in the internal affairs of the Philippines."
In this regard, the editor wants to say that the original intention of drug prohibition is good, but if done, it may cause other Question.
(Source: APD News)