The Duterte administration has relegated drug suspects to homo sacer—individuals bereft of human rights—in advancing its cruel antinarcotics marketing campaign, in keeping with a bunch of human rights attorneys.

In a 15-page petition it filed on Wednesday, the Center for International Law (Centerlaw) requested the Supreme Court to formulate a brand new protective order to stem the spiraling abstract killings within the nation triggered by President Duterte’s warfare on medication.


It urged the excessive courtroom to intercede within the “carnage” by making use of current worldwide legal guidelines in arising with supplemental guidelines on felony prosecution to guard the rights of drug suspects and different suspected criminals.

Taking its cue from the tribunal’s earlier actions in creating the writ of amparo and the writ of habeas knowledge, Centerlaw stated the brand new judicial order could also be known as the “writ contra homo sacer,” a authorized precept primarily based on an historical Roman regulation.

“The high court itself—the supreme interpreter of the laws—considers suspected criminals entitled to protection from the abuses of police officers or the depredations of unaccountable assassination squads,” the group stated in its petition.

“We write to implore the Supreme Court to promulgate additional rules on criminal procedure to help prevent the disturbing emergence of a class of people who … are no more than homo sacer, or beings reduced to mere biological existence, denied of all rights, marked for execution anytime and anywhere,” it added.

Interestingly, Kabayan Rep. Harry Roque, one in every of Mr. Duterte’s staunchest apologists within the House, is a founding companion of Centerlaw.

The petition noticeably didn’t point out the title of the President, who has repeatedly declared in his speeches that drug customers usually are not human beings.

“What is particularly troubling about this horrific drug war is the official assertion that really, the deaths arising from it, whether those that occurred in the course of police operations or those from alleged vigilante killings, are not extralegal killings,” the group stated.

Italian thinker

Centerlaw stated the idea of homo sacer was delivered to public consideration by Italian thinker Giorgio Agamben, who “warned against governments that invoke public emergencies as a basis to treat certain persons as without rights such that they may be killed anytime.”

The attorneys stated the excessive courtroom, in crafting the brand new protective writ, may undertake the UN Minnesota Protocol on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-Legal Killings, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, Enforced Disappearances and Torture.

Submit paperwork, proof

“Under the 1987 Constitution, the Supreme Court is uniquely empowered to issue new rules for the protection of constitutional rights,” the attorneys stated.

Centerlaw instructed that policemen who had killed suspected criminals throughout an operation must be required to submit a number of paperwork just like the method of inquest proceedings as outlined in Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code.

Proactive function

“The obligation of police officers to turn over records, documents and all evidence in connection with the commission of a crime as they themselves allege, must be required all the more if the suspect ends up dead, either at the hands of police officers or unknown assailants,” it stated.

It stated state prosecutors ought to take a proactive function in conducting inquest proceedings when an individual was killed “under suspicious circumstances” as contained in Department of Justice Circular No. 61.

No incident stories

In reality, the group stated Chapter three, Rule 15.four of the Revised Operational Procedures of the Philippine National Police talked about that “in cases of armed confrontation wherein the suspect dies, policemen are required to submit the incident to the prosecutor for inquest proceedings.”

“Notwithstanding the (existing) police regulations, we have seen a widespread practice by police officers of not submitting to prosecutors the written incident reports of police operations where the suspects die at the hands of policemen,” it lamented.

Centerlaw stated the killing of suspected criminals with out due course of was an extralegal killing prohibited by the Constitution and the legal guidelines.

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