Based on PNoy-era definition, there have been no EJKs under Duterte

Based on PNoy-era definition, there have been no EJKs under Duterte

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MANILA, October 7, 2017 — Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella today supported the statement made by the Philippine National Police (PNP) that there have been no cases of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under the Duterte administration, saying this is based on the operational guidelines of Administrative Order (AO) No. 35 which was adopted and signed on April 18, 2013.

In a statement, Abella noted that AO No. 35, which was signed under the administration of then-President Benigno Aquino, “has not been repealed or revoked; thus, the definition of EJK remains the same.”

Abella said under the operational guidelines of AO No. 35, a killing is defined as an EJK when the victim was:

  1. a member of, or affiliated with an organization, to include political, environmental, agrarian, labor, or similar causes
  2. an advocate of above-named causes
  3. a media practitioner or person(s) apparently mistaken or identified to be so

AO No. 35 also defines a killing as an EJK when:

  1. the victim was targeted and killed because of the actual or perceived membership, advocacy, or profession
  2. the person/s responsible for the killing is a state agent or non-state agent
  3. the method and circumstances of attack reveal a deliberate intent to kill

But Abella also said that while there have been no cases of EJKs under the Duterte administration, “we wish to emphasize that one death is one too many.”

He also gave assurance that regardless of this definition, killings are being addressed “to ensure the accountability of perpetrators.”

He said the government is also calling upon witnesses and individuals to “provide valuable evidence that will lead to speedy resolution of cases.”

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