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No such thing as EJKs! Duterte: Killings in PH either homicide or murder

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President Rodrigo Duterte said extrajudicial killings (EJKs) are non-existent.

In a speech before businessmen at the Manila Hotel Thursday (October 19), Duterte said EJK is “simply homicide or murder.”

“There’s no such thing as extrajudicial killing in this country. Because if you use that definition then there will be less conviction and more acquittal,” he said.

According to the government, over 3,000 individuals have been killed in the course of the war on drugs since Duterte assumed office last year.

Human rights groups, however, said the number of casualties in the drug war has breached the five-figure mark. They also claim most of the killings were carried out either by the police or unidentified vigilantes.