Vice President Leni Robredo released a statement on the growing number of cases of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines on Monday, July 11, via her official Twitter account.
She started off expressing her support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs following the law.
“We support President Duterte’s declaration that the fight against drugs and crime must be done with an uncompromising exercise of the rule of law,” Robredo said in a statement.
“However, there have been over a hundred cases of drug-related reported killings in less than a month,” she added.
According to Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Kill List, which will be regularly updated based on reported drug-related killings, there have been 136 people killed since the inauguration on June 30 until noon of Monday, July 11.
Robredo also showed her concern over the incidents and the possible casualties in this war – the “innocent and the defenseless.”
“While we are one with the fight against drugs, we are concerned with the growing culture of vigilantism and violence. We hope that the war is not done at the expense of the innocent and defenseless,” she said.
Robredo looked to the authorities for support on how these cases should be handled.
“We encourage authorities concerned to look into these cases. If there is really culpability, then justice requires that appropriate cases be filed and that those proven to be accountable be punished,” she added.
And the fact that Duterte is a lawyer himself seems to give her assurance that he will know the right thing to do.
“Since the President is a lawyer and former prosecutor, we trust that he will do what is appropriate.”
[A] READ: Statement of Vice President Leni Robredo on the Extrajudicial Killings pic.twitter.com/oCXPVvuUHe
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) July 12, 2016
The netizens reacted differently to the vice president’s statement.
One commented that there is a “third path” to solving the drug problem in the Philippines, noting that he/she lived in Davao for 20 years, and shared a link to an Economist article about legalizing drugs.
Another Twitter user said that Robredo should help solve the problem instead of believing what the media says.
Someone also brought up how killings also happened in Davao City, but drugs are still available in the city.
And as what we’ve all seen on social media since the election, the bashers are still in full force.
But by releasing a statement, Robredo showed her awareness of what has been happening in the country and her faith that with Duterte’s goal of eradicating drugs and crime in the country, he and the authorities will still do what the law dictates.
Pimentel sees dismissal of ICC complaint versus Duterte
Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said on Friday that the charges against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC) will likely be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.
“I believe that simply is the procedure in the ICC – they give every complainant an initial chance to survive (sic),” Pimentel said in a message sent to reporters last Friday.
He added that he believes that after the initial interview, the complaint will be dismissed in just a matter of time. He says that it will be dismissed because of lack of jurisdiction.
The ICC has informed the Philippine government that it will be conducting a preliminary examination on the anti-illegal drugs campaign of the Duterte administration to see if there is a basis to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against humanity that the president allegedly committed.
ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that the preliminary examination that will be conducted will analyze the crimes allegedly committed in the Philippines in the context of the anti-drug campaign of the government from July 1, 2016.
She also clarified that a preliminary examination is not an investigation but a process to examine the information available and determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation in accordance to the criteria established by the Rome Statute.
The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the ICC. It was signed by 123 states, including the Philippines.
The ICC has jurisdiction over genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Pimentel, a Duterte ally, doubted that what happened in the Philippines under the president’s war on drugs falls under serious and grave crimes.
“Look at the crimes under the ICC’s jurisdiction. Do you honestly believe what has happened here in the Philippines falls under any of those very serious and grave crimes? Honestly?” he asked.
Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang
Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.
- M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
- A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
- T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
- A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
- P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
- A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
- N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
- G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.
You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.
Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more
If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.
Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.
He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.
As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:
- Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
- Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.
“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.
Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.
Here are the steps:
- Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
- Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
- Fill in your email address.
- Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
- Fill in Logs with:
The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
- Click Submit.
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