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Kin of Philippines 'drug war victims' hope for justice as ICC approves probe

Families of victims killed during the Philippines war on drugs say they hope to get justice after judges at the International Criminal Court approved a formal investigation

9/18/2021 1:52:00 PM

Families of victims killed during the Philippines war on drugs say they hope to get justice after judges at the International Criminal Court approved a formal investigation

Families of people killed in the Philippines' war on drugs are hopeful that a formal investigation into possible crimes against humanity approved by judges from the International Criminal Court earlier this week will result in justice for the victims.

"I am grateful that our situation and the killing of my brother are being paid attention to," Mary Jane Gerangco, 40, told Reuters in Manila. "Our hope is that our family get justice and those who are at fault must be held accountable."

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Gerango's younger brother was killed by police in September 2016 after being tagged as an alleged drug dealer.The Philippine National Police issued a statement saying the accusations were repeatedly proven to be false, and that the force "neither condones nor covers up abuses and other forms of wrongdoings in our ranks."

"Our aggressive campaign against illegal drugs will continue," the office of the police spokesperson said noting a 64% fall in the drug-related crimes in the past five years.Relatives of drug war victims hold photographs of their slain loved ones with placards calling for justice as they march towards the presidential Malacanang Palace during a protest to commemorate President Rodrigo Duterte's final year in office, in Manila, Philippines, June 30, 2021. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez headtopics.com

Remains of seven Filipinos killed under Duterte's bloody war on drugs were exhumed on Friday for cremation, after leases in public cemeteries north of the capital have expired.Authorities have killed more than 6,100 suspected drug dealers and users since Duterte took office in June 2016. Rights group say the police summarily executed suspects, which the policy deny, saying they acted out of self defence in sting operations.

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Philippines refuses to work with ICC 'war on drugs' probeThe government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said it will not cooperate with an International Criminal Court ( ICC ) probe into his notorious war on drugs, or allow any investigators into the country. The information received by ICC were filed by critics and opponents of Pres Duterte who lost the 2016 election. They desperately want their political power back which they'll never regain thry democratic election, reason they resorted to ICC. The petitioners to the ICC are the NUPL GROUPS lawyers of the CPP-NDF-NPA TERRORIST in the PHILIPPINES. But they are the many violence that these innocent Filipino civilians have killed. PHILIPPINES BECOME A NARCO STATE.

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