The harsh violence against drug users and distributors in the Philippines initiated by President Duterte has claimed many lives. Will the killing spree end?
Extrajudicial killings of people accused of involvement with the drug business continue in Manila and other cities in the Philippines, encouraged by the official policies of Rodrigo Duterte, elected president who decided to rid the country of drugs by any means necessary. One of the highest profile victims of the crackdown is 45-years old Aurora Moynihan, who was born in the country and was known to the police as a drug dealer supplying local celebrities with amphetamine and other substances.
Lord Anthony Moynihan
Ms. Moynihan is the daughter of the well-known British aristocrat and playboy, Lord Anthony Moynihan, who immigrated to the Philippines to escape prosecution for fraud. Aurora apparently inherited her father’s disregard for the law and was associated with local cartels, according to sources familiar with the situation.
She was placed on a police watch list, even though she wasn’t officially charged with any crime or arrested. It appears that law enforcement preferred to punish her in the same way as hundreds of other alleged dealers, without a trial or any semblance of a legal process.
Murder of Aurora Moynihan took place in a crowded Manila street in presence of numerous witnesses, as she was gunned down moments after leaving her SUV. A message stating ‘Pusher for the celebrities – you are next’ was found on her body, making it clear that drug dealing was the motive for the killing. Indeed, four vials of amphetamine and some drug paraphernalia were found on her body, the police claims, though this can hardly be taken as indisputable evidence of drug peddling. The brutality of the case has captured international attention, but it’s hardly notable in the current climate in the country.
Death Squads to kill drug dealers
There is no sign of the killing spree even slowing down, forget coming to an end as the President of the Philippines has recently granted immunity to police officers who kill drug pushers, without much need to justify their actions to any objective authority.
Bodies are dropping all over the country, as it seems that legal authorities are using death squads to fulfill the mandate given by Duterte (nicknamed Dirty Harry for his heavy handed tactics).
Condemnation from the UN and several Western countries have done nothing to change the President’s intentions, since he continues to boast publicly that he will give a medal to any officer that kills a drug dealer.
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