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Wag namang judgmental! Palace cries foul over US’ concern about EJKs

Malacañang has bucked at the United States’ concern over the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines after a ranking American official reiterated the call for the government to probe these incidents.

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Friday (April 21) asked for fairness after US Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy said the growing number of EJKs was “troubling.”

“We expect fairness and not a rush to judgment. Right now the people appreciate the changes and the way these are carried out. We ask to be understood not just from a single perspective, but from the point of view of Filipinos who desire change, stability and fairness,” he said in a statement.

While Abella agreed with Murphy’s statement that there are indeed elements in the drug war operating outside the rule of law, he said the Philippine National Police has an Internal Affairs Service (IAS) tasked to probe police accused of such violations.

He maintained that cops follow operational protocols and the proper enforcement of the law.

Abella said reports that the death toll due to EJKs has reached 9,000 was “false news.”

Citing data from the PNP, he said 6,011 homicide cases are under investigation for the period July 1, 2016 to March 24, 2017.

“Of this number, only 1,398 cases are found to be drug-related contrary to news reports that there are now close to 9,000 killed connected with the campaign against illegal drugs,” Abella said.

Murphy said the US government wants the Philippines to probe EJK-related deaths.

“We are urging the Philippines to follow up on its commitment to investigate extrajudicial killings whether they are committed by law enforcement, or of a vigilante nature,” he said.

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