Philip­pines: Bloody crime war a suc­cess

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE bloody crime war that has claimed nearly 3000 lives in the Philip­pines in just two months was dubbed a “suc­cess” yes­ter­day by a spokesper­son for con­tro­ver­sial Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

Martin An­da­nar in­sisted many of those slain have been killed in “gang wars” and not by shad­owy vig­i­lantes en­cour­aged by the pres­i­dent, as crit­ics have al­leged.

Mr Duterte, who took of­fice in June af­ter win­ning elec­tion on a prom­ise to kill tens of thou­sands of crim­i­nals, has vowed to press his cam­paign, de­spite grow­ing in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism.

“The po­lice op­er­a­tions are a suc­cess. But there have also been gang wars or in­ternecine [con­flicts] where they elim­i­nate each other,” Mr An­da­nar told re­porters.

He said such killings were un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice.

Mr An­da­nar was re­act­ing to po­lice re­ports show­ing that more than 41 peo­ple were be­ing killed each day un­der the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s an­ti­crime cam­paign.

By the end of last week, at least 1466 peo­ple have been killed by po­lice in anti-drug op­er­a­tions since Mr Duterte took of­fice, po­lice spokesper­son Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Dionardo Car­los said.

An­other 1490 are clas­si­fied as “deaths un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion” re­fer­ring to peo­ple mur­dered in sus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances, many of them shot by sus­pected vig­i­lantes or crim­i­nals.

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