Philippine court jails police officers for drug-war murder

The National Police spokesman, Mr Benigno Durana has confirm the verdict by the Caloocan City regional trial court to sentenced three police officers to 49 years in jail for the murder of a 17-year-old high school student.


This was the first case of what human rights advocates say was an extrajudicial killing carried out by state agents in the 29-month war on drugs, which saw thousand  dead in police anti-drug operations. 

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Mr Benigno, reacted to allegation stating that the killings weren’t masterminded but the drug peddlers and users were killed in shootouts and that they were acting in self-defence.

However, we respect the decision of the court. We don’t tolerate any erring police officers, adding the police force “stand fully behind police officers engaged in the drug war, who are doing their jobs to promote peace.

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But shortly after the verdict was handed down, Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo said: “This is murder, there is intention to kill. The president would never tolerate that.”

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