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Palace not surprised 76% of Pinoys believe rights violated in drug war

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By Prince Golez

The results of a survey showing the majority of Filipinos believe that the administration’s war on drugs reeks of human rights violations came as no surprise, Malacañang said.

“The Administration’s war on drugs has been demonized by the relentless disinformation launched by President’s vocal critics and the political opposition at its inception and not without the cooperation of some shameless media outlets,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

Panelo was reacting to the latest survey result released by the Social Weather Stations that 76 percent of Filipinos think the campaign against illegal drugs is marred by abuses.

Repeating lies makes people believe they are true, he added.

“These rambunctious peddlers of disinformation have associated the extra-judicial killings, which are not state-initiated, with the government’s drug-related operations. This constant vilification has gained an undeserved currency,” the Palace official said.

He explained that the killings were either a result of violent resistance from alleged drug dealers or internecine within the drug organization.

“Crushing the illegal drugs that have proliferated during the past administrations due to neglect requires aggressive strategies against those who have been used to being coddled by those in power,” said Panelo.

“The President is unconcerned about the popularity of his policies. He remains obedient to the constitutional command to him of serving and protecting the Filipino people regardless of the consequences to his life, honor, and liberty,” he concluded.

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