Philippine police must be open about murders

Philippine police must be open about murders

World April 3, 2018 12:00

manila - The Philippine Supreme Court has ordered the police to give openness to thousands of deadly incidents in the war against drugs. The government had wanted to keep the details secret, but the court stood up.

The Minister of Justice had stopped the publication, ordered by a lower court in December, by invoking national security.

According to human rights organizations, there have been systematic assaults and executions since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power 21 months ago.

The International Criminal Court announced a preliminary investigation a few months ago into Duterte and other Filipino top figures for crimes against humanity.

Approximately 4100 people were killed by the police and thousands more by unknown shooters. According to the police, the victims are all dealers who oppose their arrest by force.

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