Mayor Isko orders police to respect human rights during drug busts operations

Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso photo from Inquirer (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Friday instructed the police to respect human rights suspects during drug busts operation.

Mayor Isko also ordered the Manila Police to give a high regard on the protection of human rights at all times as his show of support to the administration’s anti-drug campaign, speaking at a National Press Club forum in Intramuros.

“‘Yung crimes and killings, I cannot guarantee [to end] kasi it can happen to anywhere in this world but with regards to the policy and guidance, ang sabi ko simple lang: habulin lahat ang nagbebenta ng droga. Gamutin, tulungan, kalinganin ng estado ang mga biktima ng nagbebenta ng droga. Ito ‘yung mga adik; igalang ang karapatang pantao ng mga suspect,” he said.

The Mayor also believes that drug addiction is a health concern that needs to be solved in his administration.

The government’s anti-illegal drug campaign all over the country has been highly controversial among the human rights advocacy groups that are becoming so eager to scrutinize the growing human rights violations of drug suspects reaching over 20,000 deaths.

The Philippine National Police also clarified the number of drug suspects killed from July 1, 2016, until June 30 this year was only 5,526.

Moreno also advised law enforcers must protect themselves at all times especially during operations, because their lives are always at risk fighting the criminals.

“At the same time, pangalagaan ang mga pulis ang kanilang kaligtasan. Meron ding mahal sa buhay ang mga iyan. Kung nailagay sila sa sitwasyong alanganin, bagay na dapat naman nilang proteksyonan ang sarili nila,” Mayor Isko added.

Just recently, United States Ambassador to Manila Sung Kim commends Moreno’s way of handling the anti-drug campaign.

“We appreciate your approach. You’re dealing with it in a manner that is consistent with human rights and rule of law,” Kim said.

Source: abs-cbn

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