News Release

From the Presidential Spokesperson – On the latest Human Rights Watch remarks

The latest remarks of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) that the Philippine government has not made genuine efforts to seek accountability on alleged abuses in our anti-drug campaign are simply off track.

HRW has a penchant for playing blind, deaf and dumb, refusing to acknowledge the efforts of the Administration in addressing alleged abuses of scalawag policemen. Perhaps this HRW must be reminded that an entire police force in Caloocan was relieved because of alleged abuses, and the PDEA was designated to be the lead agency in the government anti-drug operation.

Lest we forget, as much as due process governs the cases of alleged victims, the same must likewise be accorded to state agents accused of being perpetrators.