DOJ submits report on review of drug war deaths

Published January 11, 2021, 6:17 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The inter-agency panel reviewing the deaths in over 5,000 illegal drugs operations has been submitted its initial report to President Duterte, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Monday, Jan. 11

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (Screenshot / RTVM / PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The initial report dated 29 Dec. 2020 has just been submitted to the Office of the President,” he said.

Secretary Guevarra declined to give the contents of the initial report of the DOJ-led inter-agency panel.

“Let’s give him time to pore over it,” the secretary said.

Guevarra also assured that the full report of the review will also be made and will include findings from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

“We intend to engage with the CHR in this endeavor,” Guevarra said.

During the 44th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held last June 30, Guevarra reported that the Philippines formed an inter-agency panel which has been conducting “a judicious review of the 5,655 anti-illegal drug operations where deaths occurred.” 

The secretary earlier promised to the UNHRC to release the full report back in November.

“Our efforts have been severely hampered by current restrictions on mobility and physical access to records,” he admitted.

“Much collaborative work remains to be done,” added the secretary.