Oct 25, 2021 @ 17:48

Amnesty International: DOJ matrix on anti-drugs war ‘woefully inadequate’

The Department of Justice’s recent matrix on the government’s infamous war on drugs was “woefully inadequate” and obviously a belated effort to exact accountability from a paltry number of police officers involved.

“The Philippine’s Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recently released matrix – containing limited information from its review of a mere 52 cases among thousands of deaths during police anti-drug operations – is another deeply disappointing indicator of the continuing lack of accountability for the thousands of unlawful killings and other crimes under international law, and human rights violations committed under the so-called “war on drugs”.

“The review is woefully inadequate, fails to meet international standards, and is a distressingly belated effort for the thousands of families in their grueling quest for justice. Amnesty International remains concerned that the Philippine authorities, including DOJ’s current review, continue to show no meaningful progress toward ensuring access to justice and reparations for victims, nor provide a clear commitment to end its bloody crackdown on illicit drugs, ” Amnesty International said.

The DOJ came up with a ‘table/matrix’ concerning ‘details,’ like names of victims, docket numbers, places and dates of the incidents, and the panel’s summary of observations.

Also, the table contained the recommendation of the Philippine National Police Intefnal Affairs Service, that ranges from dismissal, demotion, and suspension of the lawmen involved.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tasked the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a case build-up on the 52 cases against 154 policemen tagged in these ‘tokhang cases.’

The DOJ leads a panel of several government agencies, including law enforcement units, in reviewing 5,655 anti-drug operations that resulted in deaths to see whether to file charges against the police officers involved.

The DOJ has been granted unprecedented access to PNP’s records of deaths during the government’s war on drugs.#

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