Malacañang has cried foul over the Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) evaluation that the President Rodrigo Duterte’s first 12 months was a “human rights calamity.”
Communications Assistant Secretary Marie Banaag on Thursday (June 29) mentioned the Palace doesn’t “feel good” about HRW’s feedback.
“Human Rights Watch should not brush aside all the programs especially the enforcement side,” she mentioned at a press briefing.
“How many operations have been conducted by the enforcement agencies, anti-drug agencies? It is not a joke to enforce 62,000 anti-drug operations in a year,” Banaag added.
The Palace official mentioned the federal government is actively preventing the unlawful medicine menace because it was a part of Duterte’s marketing campaign platform.
“The government is not sitting down, watching lives being wasted just like — just this way,” she mentioned.
In a press release, Human Rights Watch mentioned Duterte has unleashed a human rights calamity on the Philippines in his first 12 months in workplace.”
“The government’s murderous ‘war on drugs,’ drug-related overcrowding of jails, and the harassment and prosecution of drug war critics has caused a steep decline in respect for basic rights since Duterte’s inauguration on June 30, 2016,” the worldwide watchdog mentioned.
While Banaag mentioned it was as much as the individuals to evaluate the effectivity of the warfare on medicine, she famous that the federal government has completed “so much” in its marketing campaign, as confirmed by the confiscation of P18 billion value of shabu and laboratory gear.