The President defends his bloody war on drugs. He tells Southeast Asian lawyers that he is “demonized” by it. Du30 denies allegations of state-sponsored killings of both drug dealers and users. Meanwhile, a Liberal media also justifies the publication of its peer. This is the misconception on the popularized Pietà – like visual. The caption of this image somewhat says; “Jennelyn Olaires weeps as she hugs partner Michael Siaron. He is 30, a pedicab driver. Siaron was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen. This was near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa.” His death is one of the six drug war deaths in the area on that day. It certainly did not blame the PNP. However, due to the mention of the drug war or drug-related incidents, it created a notion that the administration is behind it.
Youtube video by; NBC Left Field
Actual Liberal Caption
What can one think that amidst the drug war, news headlines and captions are added with misleading phrases like the line highlighted below?
Church: “Thou Shall Not Kill”
BANNER PHOTO. The caption of this Inquirer photo on July 24, 2016, is as follows: ‘A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver an alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday.’ Screenshot from www.inquirer.net
This is a clearly confusing but the media involved blames the Pro-administration journalist and officials instead for defending the President from the misunderstanding.
Human Rights Criticisms
The Du30 administration’s human rights record is strongly criticized by Western countries. It is one of the issues US President Donald Trump plans to raise on a visit to Manila next month to attend perhaps the ASEAN summit. The President tells the ASEAN Law Association that while some things against him were true, he did not order extrajudicial killings of drug suspects as his critics insinuate.
The President’s Statement
President Du30 said;
“I know that I have been demonized. And well, of course, I will assure you upon my oath as a lawyer and before God that some are true, some are not. And the extrajudicial tag that has been placed on me is simply not true.”
The above statement is actually factual given the reactions of the Human Rights bodies here and abroad. Not to mention the international community’s condemnation of the President’s alleged drug war actions.
What the President Really Said
Du30, however, clarifies that he warned drug peddlers that he would kill them if they destroyed the country. This includes the youth that he was duty-bound to protect as President. If doubts if anyone could fault him for making that statement. Recently, he also discloses that there seems like a twist in teenager killings. That has something to do with drug couriers but the PNP has yet to complete their investigation.