PNP denies Human Rights Watch’s report saying that EJKs grew by 50% during lockdown

The Philippine National Police (PNP) denied the claims of Human Rights Watch’s report stating that cases of extrajudicial killings in the country increased by 50% during the COVID-19 lockdown.

PNP Chief for Administration PLtGen. Guillermo Eleazar said that the numbers rose by only 4.9%, contrary to the human right group’s report.

Eleazar then encouraged the public to immediately report members of the PNP who are involved in human rights abuse and violations.

The PNP itself has been repeatedly linked in allegations of human rights violations as policemen are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.

Local and international human rights organizations have been tagging Duterte’s drug war as a mere anti-poor operation.

Between July 1, 2016 to January 2017 alone, the PNP has killed at least 2,500 individuals under its ‘Oplan Tokhang.’

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