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The inter-agency panel chaired by the Department of Justice (DOJ) cannot be trusted in conducting the review of 5,655 anti-illegal drugs operations where killings took place, Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said on Thursday (June 2).

Because of this, Palabay called on international human rights bodies to conduct independent investigations in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “worsening human rights violations and deplorable crimes against humanity.”

“We hope that the ICC (International Criminal Courr) pursues its examination and investigation on the complaints pending before the said body, as we reiterate our call to the UN HRC (United Nationas Human Rights Commission) for an independent investigation,” she said in a statement.

“The time of reckoning will come for Duterte and his cabal of corrupt criminals, bloodthirsty murderers, and fascist human rights violators,” she added.

Last Tuesday (June 30), Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra informed the UNHRC that the government has formed an inter-agency panel led by the DOJ to review the 5,655 anti-illegal drugs operations where deaths occured.

Palabay said “had the Duterte government been actually sincere in holding itself accountable through domestic mechanisms, it would have already done so long ago, but the DOJ panel looks more like a deception tactic to preempt and evade any concrete investigation from international bodies such as the United Nations human rights mechanisms and the International Criminal Court than an actual avenue to exact accountability.”

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