31 Jan '18, 9am

Philippines hails US rights remarks, denies state-backed murders

MANILA: Philippine officials on Wednesday (Jan 31) welcomed comments by a US official noting what he described as its improving human rights record in the drugs war, but they denied Manila abetted the extrajudicial killing of suspects . James A Walsh, a senior US State Department drug official, said Tuesday he was "cautiously optimistic" the rights record was improving, even though President Rodrigo Duterte is pressing on with a war on drugs in which law enforcers have killed nearly 4,000 suspects. Foreign rights monitors have described the crackdown as a possible crime against humanity. "Many folks have been tracking the EJKs (extrajudicial killings) in the Philippines and the trends are going down so there is some encouragement that we are seeing in some of our human rights training working," Walsh told reporters. "I would describe the United States as being cautiously o...

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