New PNP chief: Killing is not the solution in drug war

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Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. (Photo: Philippine National Police/Facebook)
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Rodolfo Azurin Jr. (Photo: Philippine National Police/Facebook)

The killing of those involved in illegal drugs is not a solution, said newly appointed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr.

Instead, the goal should be to pursue the masterminds of the drug trade.

According to The Philippine Star, Azurin stressed increased contact with barangay chairmen who can identify the personalities involved in the drug trade, and also elaborate on the drug situation in their respective areas and the necessary solutions.

Through this, said Azurin, many lives will be saved but those responsible for selling and making illegal drugs will be jailed.

The PNP chief added that he will give priority to the Malaskit, Kaayusan, Kapayapaan and Kaunlaran framework, which prioritizes the development of each area.

Earlier, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benhur Abalos said that the war on drugs under the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. “will be as intensive as before” under his watch, he said in an interview.

However, Abalos assured that he will institute reforms in the conduct of the drug operation, make a stronger case against drug offenders and push for fewer dismissal of cases, clean the ranks of police and provide them support, and address the root cause of the drug problem in the country.

Marcos on August 1 ruled out any plans for the Philippines to rejoin the International Criminal Court (ICC)

"The Philippines has no intention of rejoining the ICC," Marcos told reporters, adding that he has consulted with his legal team in the previous week to discuss the resumption of the ICC investigation.

The Philippines withdrew from the ICC in 2019. Then President Rodrigo Duterte accused the ICC of prejudice by starting a preliminary examination into thousands of killings by police.

An ICC prosecutor plans to resume an investigation into the Duterte government's bloody "war on drugs".

Human Rights Watch (HRW) estimates that the war on drugs has claimed the lives of more than 12,000 Filipinos, the majority of whom are urban poor. At least 2,555 of the killings have been attributed to the Philippine National Police.

Duterte and other senior officials have instigated and incited the killings in a campaign that could amount to crimes against humanity, added HRW.

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