THE Philippine National Police leadership has challenged U.S. lawmakers and other foreign groups accusing the Duterte government of committing massive human rights violations in its anti-drug war to visit the Philippines and see for themselves the “real situation” in the country instead of merely relying on reports by ‘’biased’’ international and local news agencies.
“Let them come to the Philippines and see for themselves what is the real situation in this country and not simply rely on reports from biased sources,” said PNP spokesman Senior Superintendent Dionardo B. Carlos in reaction to another report from an international group that “under the current government, Filipinos are at growing risk of grave violations that may amount to crimes against humanity.”
The report was by a hitherto unknown group called Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.
Carlos issued the challenge a day after PNP chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa urged American senators and others accusing the Duterte administration and the police of committing human rights violations to verify their information and not just accept the reports from “biased” media outlets.
Gen. de la Rosa made the statement while clarifying that contrary to a Reuters’ report carried by many local news organizations, the winning supplier of an estimated P1.7 billion worth of assault rifles from the U.S. has informed the PNP last Monday that the processing of their gun permits at the US State Department is going smoothly.
Reuters reported that the US State Department halted the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to the PNP after US Senator Ben Cardin said he would oppose it over concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines.
However, Sig Sauer told the PNP that the export license for the delivery of the rifles is undergoing normal process in the US State Department. Gen. de la Rosa said they are procuring 27,394 units of Basic Assault Rifles (BAR) through Agency Procurement Request at the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management utilizing the funds from the Capability Enhancement Program 2010-2015 with an Approved Budget Contract of P2 billion.
“Our contract price totaled to P1.7 billion, the Contract Agreement was signed on July 13, 2016 and Notice to Proceed on July 29, 2016 to the winning bidder, Sig Sauer, Inc. represented by Intrade Asia Pacific Corporation for the supply and delivery of the assault rifles with price per unit of about P64,000,” the PNP chief said.
“Please verify properly your reports. Kung gusto ninyo kayo mismo yung pumunta dito, feel it for yourselves anong nangyayari dito. Huwag lang po kayong basta-bastang tumanggap ng mga reports from biased media outlets. Yun ang aking advice sa kanila,” the PNP chief said.