On the Spate of Drug-related Killings

With the spate of alleged drug-related killings, Karapatan reiterates its stand against the practice of extrajudicial killing against any individual. The Duterte administration, while going after the generals and big fish of the narcotic trade, should also make the lives of the poor less vulnerable to easy money which the drug trade offers. It is also important that the Armed Forces of the Philippines, with its bloody human rights record, should not be involved in Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign, lest it becomes a justification in conducting counter-insurgency operations.