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Leni Robredo Reveals Warrantless search Against War Drugs

 Vice President Leni Robredo has revealed the police's alleged abuses including warrantless search and "palit-ulo" (Exchange Head) scheme being carried out in urban poor areas in Metro Manila as part of the government's war on drugs.

"In some areas in Manila where poverty is rampant, residents tell us that communities are rounded up, in places like basketball courts, women separate from men, those with tattoos asked to stand in a corner, their belongings searched," Robredo said in a recorded speech posted on YouTube by anti-drug network DRCNet Foundation on March 13.

DRCNet Foundation said the video will be played at the "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War," a side session that it organized for the 60th United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs annual  meeting to be held on Thursday, March 16, at the Vienna International Center.

In her speech recorded, Robredo said those rounded up in poor communities are told by the authorities that "they didn't have the right to demand search warrants because they were squatters and did not own the property on which their houses were built."

She added that some of those who ask for a search warrant "have been beaten and physically abused for doing so."

Robredo also revealed in the recorded speech of the alleged "palit-ulo" scheme, "which literally means exchange heads, where the wife or husband or relative of a person in a so-called drug list will be taken if the person himself could not be found."

She said that because of these instances, the people have allegedly lost trust in the police.

"Some of those have told us that when there's crime, they normally go to the police. Now they don't know where to turn to. Our people feel both hopeless and helpless -- a state of mind that we must all take seriously," she said.

The Vice President said in her speech that she was "heartened" that the alleged drug-related extrajudicial killings in the Philippines will be discussed in an international forum. She said it was comforting that "the international community's eyes are on us" and "human rights advocates are watching over our country."

She reiterated in her speech that the drug abuse problem should be "treated as one that can't be solved with bullets alone." She said the drug problem is a complex health issue linked with poverty and social inequality.

Robredo also cited in her speech the more than 7,000 suspected drug offenders "killed in summary executions" since President Rodrigo Duterte's administration started its war on drugs in July last year.

"We agree that our people deserve nothing less than a safe environment so that anyone can walk the streets safely whether in daylight or at night time," she said.

She reiterated in her speech that Filipinos should demand transparency in the Duterte administration's war on drugs. She said that the government must "be honest about the basis of the drug war [and] what exactly is the scope of the drug problem."

She also cited that supposed inconsistency in the numbers about the extent of the drug problem in the country as "officially reported" by Duterte, who had claimed that at least 3.7 million Filipinos are drug addicts.

Robredo also said in her speech that the possible reimposition of the death penalty and the lowering of age of criminal liability to nine years old is a "brewing" human rights problem in the country.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill seeking to reimpose the death penalty. The bill also proposes three modes of executions: hanging, firing squad and lethal injection.

The Senate has yet to tackle the seven pending death penalty revival bills.

Source: GMA News
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