Tinawag ng Malacañang na ignorante at “bias” ang report ng US-based non-government organization na Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) na nagsasabing “war zone in disguise” ang Pilipinas kahanay ang Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan at Iraq.
Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, walang naiprisintang patunay ang grupo na nagsagawa ito ng imbestigasyon sa bansa para basehan ng paglalabas ng ganitong konklusyon.
Ayon kay Sec. Panelo, kaya malinaw itong nagbase lamang ang ACLED sa mga alegasyon ng mga grupong desperado na sa paninira sa Duterte administration gaya ng Human Rights Watch at Amnesty International, gayundin ang mga partisan media outfits tulad ng Rappler, Philippine Daily Inquirer, New York Times, Reuters at iba pa.
Iginiit ni Sec. Panelo na ang pagturing sa war on drugs bilang state terror campaign na tuma-target sa mga inosenteng sibilyan ay “hogwash” o basura at walang saysay.
“The 2018 report of a US-based non-government organization called Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED) that labeled the Philippines as “a war zone in disguise,” along with Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq, is remarkable in ignorance and bias. Not having presented any proof that it has conducted factual investigation in the country as to the conditions obtaining, it is reasonable to believe that its conclusions is based on allegations made by groups that are hopelessly and blindly critical of the Duterte administration. These include the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, as well as partisan media outfits like Rappler, Philippine Daily Inquirer, New York Times and Reuters, among others. In fact, an earlier ACLED report, “Duterte’s War: Drug-Related Violence,” plays heavily on the allegations of these groups,” ani Sec. Panelo.
“Describing the war on drugs as a state terror campaign targeting innocent civilians as a government policy is pure hogwash. So is putting the Philippines in its list of the most dangerous places for civilians in 2018. The report stating that there is an alleged prevalence of state repression tagging the Philippines as a country where civilians are most at risk in 2018 is an infinitely fallacious finding.”
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