Philippines senator tells UN reports of drug war killings are “alternative facts”

Source: The Guardian [UK]

There has been no new wave of killings prompted by the Philippines’ war on drugs, and reports to the contrary are ‘alternative facts,’ an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte has told the UN Human Rights Council. Duterte has received widespread condemnation in the west for failing to curtail the killings and address activists’ allegations of systematic, state-sponsored murders by police of drug users and dealers, which the authorities reject. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano said there had been 11,000 to 16,000 killings per year under previous administrations. He said a change in the definition of extrajudicial killings by the Philippine Commission on Human Rights and other critics of Duterte’s policies had deceived the public.” (05/08/17)