Sec. Andanar hits 'New York Times' article as biased and one-sided

The Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar reacts on the New York Time Article under the title “They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals”.

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”totally one-sided as it depicts the Philippines as the Wild, Wild West in this part of the world.”

“This is farthest from the truth. If the reporter had bothered to check the facts of the 3,000 deaths under investigation by the Philippine National Police, only 1,080 are drug-related,” Andanar said.

”The rest are murder and homicide cases perpetrated by gunmen which the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating, the results of which will be made public in due time. The police have nothing to do with these killings,” Andanar added.

“The President has not given any direct order for them to kill drug dealers and users on mere suspicion. Police operatives only neutralize those who violently resist arrest, or else they could be the ones who end up dead,” Andanar said.

“Thus, the President’s marching order to the police is that they have the right to defend themselves when their lives are endangered.

There are police officers who have already died or been killed in the war on drugs,” he added.

Sec. Andanar said that the administration advocacy against drug user and drug protectors and subsequent killings during the police operations, “demonstrate the magnitude of the drug problem in the country and the need for resolute and decisive response by law enforcement.”

“‘To our police officers and other officials, do your job and you will have the unwavering support of the Office of the President. I will be with you all the way. Abuse your authority and there will be hell to pay, for you will have become worse than criminality itself’,” he said.

“We ask the foreign media to present both sides of the story when reporting on the Philippine war on drugs,” he said.

”We in government, including the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, would be more than willing to help in unearthing the truth and presenting the facts about the drug menace to the public,” Andanar added.

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