News Release

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the 2017 Global Impunity Index

The report of the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico showing that the Philippines has a very high impunity index must be taken in its proper context.

The Index made mention of “the increase of violence related with organized crime and increased terrorist activities from local gangs linked to the Islamic State.”

Previous governments faced these same problems but it is only under this Administration that crime and terrorism are being decisively addressed.

The true depth, breadth and magnitude of crime and terrorism, funded by illegal drugs, have only been recently uncovered; resistance from those adversely affected by the current government’s campaign against illegal drugs has been strong, and internal cleansing by organized crime have all had violent results.

We must therefore strengthen the pillars of the criminal justice system, which include the community, law enforcement, prosecution, the courts and corrections.