Amnesty International denies 'politicizing' drug war, tells Panelo to do homework

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Posted at Jul 10 2019 01:43 PM

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MANILA - Amnesty International has denied it was "politicizing" the government's drug war, as the President's spokesperson earlier alleged.

Amnesty Philippines section director Butch Olano said the group does not have any political agenda.

"First, we really cannot understand what he means by politicizing. We do not have any political agenda, we are a non-partisan human rights group. We are independent," Olano told ANC's Dateline Philippines.

"So when we come out with our research and study, in this case, the report, what we wanted was to expose the human rights violation... We feel our call is now to the international community to come in and do the proper investigation. That’s as simple as it is for us."

In a statement Tuesday, Olano urged Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo to do his homework as he said the data in their report came from the Philippine National Police itself.

"Therefore, we cannot produce the basis for any data that was made public by the PNP. The burden of proof is on the government," he said.

"We suggest next time before the honorable Presidential Spokesperson makes a response, he should at least do his homework first by reading our report.”

Olano also noted that the government has yet to release reports on the administration's drug war.