- New York Times featured on its front page the current war on drugs in the Philippines and the increasing number of deaths since President Duterte took power on June 30
- In the newspaper, New York Times cited the International Policy Drug Consortium’s letter to the UN drug control agencies which called for a halt to the killings
- The International Policy Drug Consortium stated that Duterte should uphold the rule of law and should not consider extrajudicial killings as a drug control measure
With all the extra judicial killings happening in the country due to President Duterte’s strong campaign against the illegal drug trade in the Philippines, the pressing issue caught the attention of the New York Times.
On the front page of its daily newspaper, the New York Times featured a photo of the killed alleged drug criminal and a story on the increasing number of deaths of street-level Filipinos since the President started his presidency on June 30.
Michael Siaron, a 29-year old pedicab driver, was the man in the photo whose dead body was cradled by a woman. Siaron was also killed unidentified gunmen.
The photo gained wide attention but the President dismissed it by saying that it was too dramatic. Senator Leila De Lima and international non-governmental organizations condemned the killings and called for a halt to it.
In the New York Times story, a letter of the International Policy Drug Consortium was sent to the United Nations drug control agencies to call for an end to the killings happening in the Philippines. Further, the letter also demands the UN to point out that it is not acceptable for a state to allow extrajudicial killings as a drug control measure.
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The International Policy Drug Consortium also urges that the Philippine government would instead use an ‘evidence-based and health-focused approach’ to those who are involved in drug use. Further, the group also encourages Duterte to value and uphold the rule of law.
Meanwhile, political analyst Ramon Caspile understands the concerns of human rights group. He stated that the effectivity of the President’s campaign against drugs in the country is too early to be decided upon.
Caspile said that Duterte should be given 100 days since it is the honeymoon period that is normally given to new leaders.
Since the President expressed his desire to stop the illegal drug trade and use in the country, around 440 drug suspects have already been killed. - Kami Media