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Anti-drugs campaign far from perfect – Palace

The government’s campaign against the narcotics trade has scored some gains but it is still far from perfect, Malacañang admitted on Tuesday.

President spokesman Ernesto Abella acknowledged there have been “imperfections” in the anti-drug efforts without giving details.

“We continue to recognize the President’s campaign against drugs has been successful. A world-record of more than 600,000 surrenderees proved the effectivity of the campaign,” Abella said in a Palace press briefing.

“While it is not been perfect, it gives the government momentum to move on to the next phase,” he added.

Asked to elaborate on the imperfections in combating the drug menace, Abella said: “Let us respect the way it was said. In the campaign, it has been very successful but there have been imperfections.”

More than a thousand drug suspects have been killed either in police shootouts and summary executions since President Duterte came to power last June. Some human rights groups have denounced the government for the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country while others claimed the President might even be held accountable for war crimes.

The President however has rejected allegations of committing crimes against humanity such as genocide, insisting he is not a mass murderer like Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Genalyn Kabiling)

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  • malcolmkyle

    Dear people of the Philippines:

    You no longer have due process, no constitutionally protected rights, no trials in a public forum. Suspicion is now all that’s required to terminate any citizen’s life.

    Nowhere on this planet has any nation ever had success with the policy of drug prohibition. Many thousands of you will die. Many of your villages, towns and cities will be turned into killing fields, but the drugs will still be there, and the corruption will still be there.

    The situation will soon be far worse than any of you could ever have imagined, making the rest of the world finally realize how dangerous and utterly pointless prohibition really is.

    This will not end until tens of thousands of you are dead. Your most precious institutions and possessions will be destroyed. Nothing can change your fate; you are in the process of destroying your own society. All of you are now very vulnerable; Prohibition has reached its inevitable conclusion.

    Thank you for helping to teach the world this powerful lesson with the blood of your own families!

    • Michael Liao

      I share the same view as yours, however be prepared for the bashers coming your way..