Government's drug war docu to feature Kian slay, other cases: Andanar

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Posted at Dec 12 2019 09:59 AM | Updated as of Dec 12 2019 10:14 AM

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MANILA - A government-produced documentary on the administration's drug war will feature "true to life" case studies such as that of slain teen Kian delos Santos, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Thursday.

Andanar said the documentary aims to show the public the "realities on the ground" and the rationale of the President to "save the future of a nation by countering hard drugs."

"Three years (have) gone and what we wanted to do is update the citizens and international community of the accomplishments of drug war," he told ANC's Early Edition.

"We're hoping for an appreciation of what is really happening on the ground. And of course it's very important to inform the public where we are taking this for the next 3 years."

The administration chose to include Delos Santos' case because it's one that has been "thrown at the government since it happened," Andanar said.

"We’re showing the public what government did to the 3 policemen, (who) were the suspects and now convicted," he said.

Andanar could not cite the number of policemen convicted or being investigated for fatalities in anti-drug operations. Some 400 policemen, however, have been sacked due to drug-related cases, he said. 

The teenager's slay in August 2017 sparked public outcry and prompted Duterte to transfer the leadership of his anti-narcotics campaign from the PNP to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police involved in the operation had said Delos Santos was shot for resisting arrest. But surveillance footage showed the teenager was dragged into a dark alley.

Several witnesses also said they saw some policemen hand Delos Santos a gun, and told the teenager to run before shooting him. 

Some 5,000 drug suspects have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, but human rights groups say the figure could reach 27,000.

Andanar, however, rejected the rights groups' figures and denied that extrajudicial killings are government policy.

"(That's) a generalization and a very unfair argument from them that it’s all about drug war. This (27,000) is the entire homicide cases that were recorded by the PNP (Philippine National Police)," he said.

"It's EJK depending on what case you're looking at. For example, drug lords where they kill themselves for territory. That's EJK on their end. EJK (has) never been a policy of national government."

"Gramo" will be shown on PTV and streamed live on all social media accounts of the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Andanar said.