CLAIM: Marcos approach to drug war “bloodless”


As of June 2023, the drug-related death toll under the new Marcos administration had reached 342.

Yet Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin claimed, “Not a single life of a drug user, peddler, or trafficker was taken.”

Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri made a similar remark, which was already fact-checked by VERA files

Human Rights Watch said in its World Report in January that the president should make a deliberate effort to publicly command the national police to halt deadly anti-drug raids following his proposal to take a holistic approach to the drug war.

Rights group Karapatan said that by not rescinding the operational guidelines implemented by the PNP during its war on drugs campaign under the previous Duterte government, which includes “Oplan Double Barrel” and “Project Tokhang,” President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. enables human rights violations.

The president’s disengagement with the ICC probe into the Duterte government’s war on drugs was also met with criticisms not just from critics but from victims’ families as well. Yvounne Bermudo


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