Foreign media urged to be factual and objective about Duterte

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President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs has elicited various reactions from abroad with some criticisms claiming that the number of extrajudicial killings that happened that are linked to the drug war is a violation of human rights without considering that some statistics published are out of context, a mistake perpetuated by foreign media.
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Found of the NGO Little Swallow MJ Quiambao Reyes posted on Facebook her sentiments towards foreign news agencies and reporters who tend to mislead the nation by erroneously making attributions between vigilant or unrelated deaths to Duterte’s illegal drugs campaign.

“The war he waged is not against humanity. It is a war against illegal drugs and criminality to consequently protect humanity. Understand the difference. We ask you to do an extensive research before you release another damaging write-up against our leader you so love to demonize,” Reyes said in her post.

She pleaded with the foreign media to listen not only to “two self-confessed criminals and to those overly ambitious and greedy politicians from the opposition,” but most especially to the “millions of Filipinos who have witnessed and have gone tired of all the injustice, incompetence, extreme inequality, and increased crimes” that were due to the incapability of the Aquino administration.

Reyes even made a stark contrast between the failures of the Aquino government and the accomplishments of the Duterte government where she notes that the previous administration incurred these backlogs over its years:

•» Crime volume in 2015: 675, 816 incidents
•» 17 incidents of massacres 
•» 34 bombing incidents 
•» 92% increase in rape cases (2010 vs 2014); 70% of victims were children
•» More than 7,000 victims of riding in tandem for 3 years alone (2010, 2011, 2013 only)
•» 110% increase in drug addicts from 2012-2016, w/ est. number of drug users @ 4M in 2016
•» Crime Solution Efficiency Rate dropped from 89.9% in 2004 to 28.6% in 2013

The Duterte administration has produced these outcomes for the country:

•» 1,250,000 +/-illegal drug users who surrendered
•» Several drug rehab facilities were put in place
•» Tens of thousands of drug addicts are now under rehab
•» Busted several drug laboratories & mega shabu (metamphetamine)factories
•» Neutralized hundreds of known drug personalities (jailed/prosecuted or killed in police operations)
•» Dismissed more than 200 hundred police scalawags and suspended several others (now under investigation and/or prosecution)
•» Significantly brought down crime rates:
•Index Crime: 201,013 in 2016 to now 139,462 in 2016 ( lower by 61,551)
•Non Index Crime: 474,803 in 2016 to now 445,347 in 2016 (lower by 29,456)

The numbers detail the big difference between the previous and current government which Reyes emphasized should have been highlighted by the foreign media instead of presenting the President as a killer because the Filipinos view him as “a genuine leader who truly cares for the people—a leader unbound, unafraid, and uncompromised.”

Reyes further explained that while it is true that more than 7,000 victims have been accounted for under the Duterte administration, “there are about 2,000 known & suspected drug personalities which were neutralized or have died during legitimate police operations,” while there are “5,000+ who were arrested—unharmed, and now being prosecuted in accordance with the law.”

Also, “there may have been some abuses by erring police officers or by some police officers who are likely connected to the drug syndicates,” but they have all been submitted for investigation and, as of posting time, more than 200 police were dismissed as part of the internal cleaninsing.

“There were homicide & murder cases which may have mounted to 7,000 or even more. But no, they’re not victims of EJK. These crimes were committed by known & unknown killers with varied motives, which may or may not be directly related to drugs, and which were NOT sanctioned by the government.” Reyes added.

In her last statement, Reyes asks for the international media to be “factual and objective” with their reports so as not to mislead its readers from the efforts and progress that the Duterte administration has actualized.


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