PAO chief Acosta defends drug war: It’s in line with UN’s recommendation
Despite United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard's criticism of the drug war, Public Attorney's Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta said no less than the UN pushed for the adoption of strong policies to address the country's drug problem.

PAO chief Acosta defends drug war: It’s in line with UN’s recommendation

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Despite United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard’s criticism of the drug war, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) chief Persida Acosta said no less than the UN pushed for the adoption of strong policies to address the country’s drug problem.

In a press conference in Malacañang Tuesday (May 9), Acosta said the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes made several recommendations to address the illegal drug menace since the Philippines is one of the countries where narcotics are circulated.

“Meron pong rekomendasyon ang United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes sa lahat ng bansa at ito po ay apat. Naririto po ang una: kailangan ang policies to eradicate illegal drugs. Strong policies… Strong, transparent and fair criminal justice institutions and targeted efforts to dismantle transnational organized criminal organisations,” she said.

Callamard was in the country last week to speak at an academic forum on the country’s illegal drugs problem.

Her visit was criticized by the Palace, which claimed she did not send word about her trip.

Callamard, however, said she duly informed the government about her visit before arriving in the country.

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