Malacanang will not be giving a lot credence to a Reuters report claiming a profitable rewards system and staged crime scenes in the police operations in opposition to unlawful medicine.
In a briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella identified the worldwide wire company itself couldn’t verify the assertions made by two unnamed sources in its particular report – “one a retired police intelligence officer and the other an active-duty commander” – together with a 26-page report titled “The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines.”
“The admission of Reuters that it could not independently verify or confirm the allegations, you know is… weak,” stated Abella.
“Some of the report’s accusations against individuals could not be confirmed by Reuters; the news agency is therefore not publishing the full document. Many of its findings, however, support and expand upon previous investigations of the drug war by Reuters and independent human rights monitor,” the wire company stated in its report noting the dearth of “documentary evidence” to again the paper’s claims.