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Malacanang on Reuters’ report on drug war EJKs

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Malacanang is not giving much credence to a Reuters report claiming a lucrative rewards system and staged crime scenes in the police operations against illegal drugs.

In a briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella pointed out the international wire agency itself could not confirm the assertions made by two unnamed sources in its special report – “one a retired police intelligence officer and the other an active-duty commander” – including a 26-page report titled “The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines.”
“The admission of Reuters that it could not independently verify or confirm the allegations, you know is… weak,” said Abella.

“Some of the report’s accusations against individuals could not be confirmed by Reuters; the news agency is therefore not publishing the full document. Many of its findings, however, support and expand upon previous investigations of the drug war by Reuters and independent human rights monitor,” the wire agency said in its report noting the lack of “documentary evidence” to back the paper’s claims.