Indonesia abhors Duterte’s ‘Shoot on Sight’ policy

Indonesia abhors Duterte’s ‘Shoot on Sight’ policy

- Indonesia will not adopt “Shoot on Sight” policy because it leads to abuse of power

- The country said that it is using all of its resources to combat drug criminals, including officials and police involved in drug crimes

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is firm on his war on drugs amid criticisms and investigations on alleged extrajudicial killings

Head of Indonesia’s National Police said that the country will not adopt Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s “shoot on sight” policy against drug criminals because it leads to abuse of power.

Indonesia abhors Duterte’s ‘Shoot on Sight’ policy

War on drugs (Photo by: Jakarta Globe)

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"Shoot on sight policy leads to abuse of power. We still believe in presumption of innocence. Lethal actions are only warranted if there is an immediate threat against officers," National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said, according to Jakarta Globe.

According to Indonesia’s Code of Criminal Procedures, shooting on sight is only allowed if the drug criminals pose danger to the police or civilians. Tito added that the National Police and the National Anti-Narcotics Agency are utilizing all its resources in combatting drugs and is hunting the corrupt police officers and state officials.

Indonesian police arrested seven alleged drug dealers carrying 63.5 kilograms of sabu, or crystal methamphetamine, in Jakarta on Wednesday.

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Philippine President Duterte has waged an all-out war against drugs and upon assuming his post as the nation’s leader, there have been 1,900 cases of extrajudicial killings of alleged drug dealers that were either killed by vigilantes or killed during legitimate police operations.

There is an ongoing senate inquiry as well as an independent investigation of the country’s Commission on Human Rights. The United Nations also called out President Duterte for the alleged extrajudicial killings. However, the Philippines leader is firm is his battle against drugs and criminality.

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