ICC report on alleged drug war crimes awaited by PNP

Published December 15, 2020, 2:42 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has yet to receive any document from the International Criminal Court (ICC) about a reported reasonable basis that crimes against humanity have been committed in the conduct of the drug war under the Duterte administration.


As such, PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said that they would not be able to comment on the allegations being hurled against the PNP which is at the forefront in the aggressive campaign against illegal drugs in the country since July 2016.

“The PNP has not officially received that report yet. We refrain from making any comments at this point,  until we obtain the ICC findings in detail,” Usana told the Manila Bulletin.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was quoted saying that the initial conduct of investigation they conducted would reveal a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity had been committed in the campaign against drug war.

Based on the PNP data, more or less 6,000 drug personalities were killed in police operations since the start of the drug war in July 2016 when President Duterte assumed the top elected post in the land.

Duterte, during the 2016 presidential campaign, vowed to end the illegal drugs problem in the country and was also quoted saying that it would be bloody. Despite his pronouncement, Duterte won the presidency by a big margin.

While the PNP said that all police operations are legitimate, critics have been accusing the police of executing drug personalities and planting evidence through its nanlaban narrative, or reports that drug suspects were killed because they tried to shoot it out with policemen.

Aside from those who were killed in the police operations, thousands of drug suspects were also killed by drug war-inspired drug war.

PNP leaderships since July 2016, however, repeatedly denied the allegation of human rights violations and extra-judicial killings, claiming that those allegations are part of the propaganda campaign of drug syndicates.