MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte should be prepared to show concrete results in the ongoing war against drugs if he wants to keep the people's trust, a political analyst said Saturday.
"Iyong mga verbal declarations, para siya magkaroon ng meat, it will have to be congruent [with what is happening on ground]. Kapag hindi congruent, laway na lang iyan [If it's not, it's all lip service]," University of the Philippines professor and political analyst Clarita Carlos said in an interview on DZMM TeleRadyo.
Since the President assumed office, several arrests and alleged drug-related summary killings have been reported all over the country.
Carlos said the administration should get to the root of the killings and be more transparent with citizens.
"Sana ang sinasabi nilang other transparency ay magkaroon ng operationalization. Tayo din bilang ordinary citizens, humihingi tayo ng linaw regarding protocol, numbers, may basehan ba, sinusundan ba ang procedure, or are there other groups perpetuating these killings?" she said.
[As ordinary citizens, we should demand clarity on the protocol, the numbers and whether there was basis for the killings. Did they follow procedure or did other groups perpetuate the killings?]
Duterte is under pressure from the United Nations to get to the root of alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, and the United States and European Union have also urged the country to adhere to the principles of human rights in dealing with suspected criminals.
Carlos, however, it is not the Philippines' burden to submit to an investigation from international bodies, citing the principle of external sovereignty.
"Wala dapat mag-interfere [sa pagpapatakbo ng Pilipinas] [No one should interfere with how the country is being run]. Statement of concern is fine, but for [the United Nations] to threaten to investigate, I think that’s crossing the line," she said.
The Philippines has indicated that the UN and the EU are welcome to visit the country to look into the government’s war on drugs, as well as US President Barack Obama. However, the Palace has yet to issue a formal invitation.