MALACANANG agreed that the Philippines is indeed a dangerous place especially for criminals and drug personalities because the country’s law enforcers will not rest until they are behind bars.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after US-based research and analysis group Armed Conflict Location and Event Project (Acled) ranked the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous country for civilians under President Duterte’s drug war.
In its report, Acled said that “a wave of targeted attacks has resulted in the reported deaths of nearly 490 civilians” in the Philippines since the start of 2019.
In his press briefing yesterday, Panelo said that the country is indeed dangerous for those who break the law.
“I agree. Mapanganib ang bansa sa mga kriminal, sa mga corrupt, sa mga kasama sa sindikato ng droga. Talagang mapanganib (The Philippines is dangerous for criminals, corrupt people, and those involved in drug syndicates. It is a really dangerous place),” he said.
“Hindi naman hihinto ang ating mga law enforcement (Our law enforcers will not stop going) against criminals and drug lords, pushers who are destroying the fabric of our society,” he added.
Panelo then reiterated how international groups misread information, saying they are mixing all homicide cases with drug war cases, resulting to a blown-up figure of 27,000 deaths under President Duterte’s drug war.
“Sinama nila lahat ng homicide cases eh. Mga namatay sa aksidente; reckless imprudence resulting to homicide; mga pinatay ng mga ordinaryong civilian na iba naman ang motibasyon nila siguro dahil galit, selos, pagkasira sa negosyo, away sa negosyo. Marami (They included all homicide cases, including accidents, and those killed by another civilian because of rage, jealousy, business. There are many reasons),” he said.
“Sinama nila lahat doon kaya aabot siguro ng 27,000 yun. Pero yung war on drugs, yun lamang ang figure kasi yun ang mga lumaban (They included everything maybe that’s why it reached 27,000. But for the drug war, the figure is only 5,000 because they were the ones who fought back),” he added.
The Palace official then stressed out that there cannot be extrajudicial killings in the country since even law enforcers are dying while carrying out the drug war. According to Panelo, at least 100 policemen have died during drug operations.
“Hindi ko maintindihan bakit hindi nila kino-consider yun? Kasi kung state-initiated yun ay wala, walang mamamatay na pulis. Maniwala kayo. Wala (I don’t understand why they are not considering this. If this is state-initiated, then no police will die in the process. Believe me),” Panelo said.
“Eh kasi kung state-initiated ‘di binaril na lang agad ‘yan, tapos na kaagad ang labanan (If the killings are state-initiated, then we would have just shot them so it will all be over soon),” he said.
“The fact that there are casualties, ibig sabihin talagang lumalaban (it means that there are really people who fight back),” he said.