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Families of victims of Philippines drug crackdown win legal challenge

Police marking indicating fifth slug found on a crime scene after a man was killed, who police said was a drug related vigilante killing in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Police marking indicating fifth slug found on a crime scene after a man was killed, who police said was a drug related vigilante killing in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA (Reuters) – A Philippines court granted protection on Friday to families of five people killed or wounded by police and the right to access police case reports, in the first successful legal challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown on drugs.

Duterte’s campaign has caused an international outcry, with human rights groups alleging widespread summary executions by police operating with impunity. More than 7,700 people have died since the firebrand leader took office seven months ago, more than 2,500 in what police say are shootouts with drug suspects.

“This is the fastest resolution of a case Centerlaw has ever handled,” said Joel Butuyan, president of the lawyers’ group handling the case at the Court of Appeals, which listened to two hours or oral arguments before deciding.

The group is representing families of the four men killed by police, and one man who survived.

Its petition said police had fabricated death certificates and incident reports to conceal operations taking place outside their jurisdiction. The court said allegations in the petition were supported by “substantial evidence”.

Friday’s ruling barred four policemen in the case from going near the families and ordered they be re-assignment to other police stations.

The lawyer group had said its petition was only possible because police had failed to kill one of the men, vegetable seller Efren Morillo.

Morillo told Reuters last year he had no involvement in drugs and survived because he played dead. He said he heard his friends plead for their lives before being shot and the only people who were armed were police.

The government vehemently denies sponsoring extrajudicial killings. Duterte recently suspended police from taking part in anti-drugs operations following the killing of a South Korean businessman by rogue drugs squad officers.

However, he has vowed to forge ahead with the campaign, putting in charge the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), with plans for the military to offer support during raids.

(Reporting By Manuel Mogato; Editing by Martin Petty and Dominic Evans)

One Comment

  1. This is about Death Penalty and Bible references that prohibit man to kill.
    Exodus 20:13 KJV: [13]Thou shalt not kill.
    Deuteronomy 5:17 KJV
    [17] Thou shalt not kill.

    Romans 3:10 KJV
    [10] As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
    Romans 3:23 KJV
    [23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    Romans 12:19 KJV
    [19] Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    James 4:12 KJV
    [12] There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
    [13] Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
    Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV
    [14] For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
    Proverbs 19:21 KJV
    [21] There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord , that shall stand.
    Matthew 5:21-22 KJV
    [21] Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: [22] But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

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