MALACAÑANG reassured the public yesterday that the government does not condone extrajudicial killings as the world celebrates International Human Rights Day.
“We do not condone human rights violations and we are against any extrajudicial killings,” Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said in an interview over state-run dzRB radio yesterday.
The Duterte administration has earned international condemnation over the spate of killings in the country amid his brutal crackdown on illegal drugs and crime.
Asked to comment on criticisms that the government was doing little to address extrajudicial killings, Banaag said the Philippine National Police (PNP) could best address the issue.
“Mas maganda siguro na ang PNP ang mag comment on that kasi sila ang gagawa ng investigation. (It would be better if the PNP was the agency to comment on that since it is the PNP that will conduct the investigation.) Of course, the President would like that. Anything, anything for that matter. Anything that is related to any crimes committed, ‘yung mga nangyayaring mga krimen sa loob ng ating bansa eh maimbestigahan ng PNP (the crimes happening in the country are to be investigated by the PNP),” she said.
The President has repeatedly said that alleged extrajudicial killings were not state-sanctioned as he vowed that there would be no let-up in his war against drugs.
Malacanang has invited United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard to investigate the drug killings in the Philippines.