On the numerous controversies of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegar drugs, one issue that has pinned down was the extra-judicial killings (EJK).
Duterte, on his speech in Brunei, admitted that extra-judicial killings exists, but quickly denied the involvement of the state.
"Alam mo, huwag tayo magbolahan, 'yung iba talaga diyan pinatay talaga -- salvage. 'Yan ang tinatawag na salvage o extra-judicial killing. I will not say there was none, meron," Duterte said on the first day of his state visit to the oil-rich Southeast Asian nation.On his speech in front of thousands of Filipinos at the Indoor Stadium of Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex at Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, the President rejected the idea of the state participation in killing criminals.
"Pero kung sabihin mo na state-sponsored killing, order ko na patayin 'yan, kalokohan 'yan," he added in a report in ABS-CBN News.
Human rights groups and other staunch critics of the President have raised concerns over the extra-judicial killings amid the anti-illegal campaign of the current administration.
Leila De Lima, a vocal opponent of Duterte, has asked for immediate investigation regarding EJK.
Another critics is the UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callmard who claimed that Duterte gave a “license to kill” to the authority to eradicate criminals.
The campaign against illegal drugs of Duterte administration is still on-going and the President is willing to open investigation for it.