China to Support Anti-Drug Campaign Launched by the Philippines
Oct 21 2016 by Desiree Burns
"We understand and support the Philippines' policies to combat drugs under the leadership of President Duterte", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing.
In his speech during the 115th anniversary of the Philippine Coast Guard, the President gave harsh words against human rights advocates threatening to file charges against him.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the killings were not "state sanctioned" as "many of those who died were killed during legitimate police operations, which are now undergoing investigation as directed by the President".
Bensouda said extrajudicial killings could be prosecuted if they were "committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population". He said the USA, the European Union and the United Nations had humiliated him before the global community and were trying to interfere with the Philippines' affairs.
The Chinese government is committed to the elimination of drug-related crimes and has been actively engaged in worldwide cooperation in this field, Geng Shuang said.
To back up the Palace claim, Andanar cited the recently concluded Senate investigation on extrajudicial killings initially led by Senator Leila de Lima - the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte - until Duterte's allies in the Senate replaced her as chair of the Senate investigating panel.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said he is anxious about the "extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths in the past three months".
"I won't be surprised if at some point Duterte will hedge his bets and pivot back to the United States if he fails to get any satisfactory concession from China", Heydarian said.
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According to the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture, the Philippines ranked third in the world with the most journalists killed in the line of duty. However, Duterte has reportedly said that he will not discuss the Scarborough Shoal issue during the trip.
The task force shall conduct an inventory of cases of media killings within 30 days, including unsolved cases, cases under investigation, those under trial or under appeal.
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Police had provided Reuters with data on October 5 showing 3,652 people had died since Duterte launched his drugs war after taking office on June 30, including nearly 2,000 cases under investigation. Be sure of it, you can cast it in whatever stone.
Duterte won the May presidential election by a landslide on a promise to wipe out drugs and crime in Southeast Asia's second-most populous country within six months.
The total of 3 729 is 368 more than the previous police update released last week.
He also said he was willing to cut ties with the U.S. in favor of Russian Federation and China.