PH drug war, rights situation back under global scrutiny

As many as 30,000 were killed from July 2016 to March 2019 alone in the ongoing “war on drugs” of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration
Philippine Daily Inquirer (Philippines)
Thursday, March 31, 2022

philippines arrestsThe Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) has assailed the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for noting the “extrajudicial targeting” of persons suspected of drug-related activities — a violation of international drug control conventions. The DDB said it had been in constant dialogue with the United Nations body and even “expressed openness” to a visit by experts to officially assess the Philippine anti-drug campaign. The DDB said its “only request” was that the INCB “uphold an impartial stance and refrain from considering sources that have not been vetted or validated by its member-states.” In its annual report for 2021, the INCB called on the Philippine government “to take immediate steps to stop and prevent any further extrajudicial targeting and to accelerate the ongoing investigations.”