UN urged to probe Philippines drug war killings

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Published on July 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

UN urged to probe Philippines drug war killings

Amnesty International is urging the United Nations to pass a resolution that would investigate the killings carried out in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, just as a three-year-old is gunned down in a sting operation days prior.

Jayson Albano reports.

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UN urged to probe Philippines drug war killings

Three-year-old Myca Ulpina is laid to rest after being gunned down in a sting operation in the Philippines.

Police say she was used as a human shield by her father, a suspected drug dealer who opened fire while resisting arrest.

But her mother has told a different story.

(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) MOTHER OF THREE-YEAR-OLD DRUG WAR VICTIM, LYDJAY ACOPIO, SAYING: "What they're saying is that there was a buy bust, but there wasn't any.

In reality, we were sleeping." The funeral comes just days before the UN votes on a resolution to investigate the killings during Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed many thousands of lives since it began three years ago.

Amnesty International urged the UN to pass the resolution, calling the killings a 'perilous normalization' of illegal executions and police abuses in the Philippines.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES HEAD, BUTCH OLANO, SAYING: "During the first two years of this administration, the killings were fairly well-documented, but now they are most often unreported, the result of which is it has normalized EJKs (extrajudicial killings), it has normalized the abuse of police and rule of law, and it has normalized the situation where it is the poor who are always the victims of the war on drugs." In a report released on Monday (July 8), Amnesty also said that the drug war was spreading away from the capital and into a neighbouring province.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES HEAD, BUTCH OLANO, SAYING: "There are other places where you can kill people without being seen as compared to Manila, then they are probably more free to operate without being caught.

You know, there are still bodies being thrown in the rice fields or in the highway, which is something probably more difficult to do here (in Manila)." A spokesman for the president denied any illegal killings and said that any calls for investigations and 'interference by foreign governments' were misled by fake news.

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