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The palace is open to probes to the administration’s ongoing campaign versus illegal drugs, but any accusation to the government’s campaign should be backed with substantial evidence, said the President’s spokesperson Ernesto Abella.

Human rights advocates has reacted on the escalating rate on the body count in the Duterte administration’s war against drugs, Abella said complaints against it should not just be based on “speculation” or “reportage.”

“If there is proof, if there’s substantive evidence and it’s proven, the Palace, the government, is also of course open to any investigation,” according to Abella in an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan.

Lawyer Jose Manuel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group earlier said the President’s war on crime had “spawned a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason.”

President Duterte has promised to wage a tough campaign against crime, more specifically on the illegal drug trade that he said was destroying the country and the lives of its citizens.

The President has instructed the police that they should not hesitate to shoot suspects when their own lives were at riskt. Duterte also added that he would put his own life and his position for the officers who are doing their duty.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, said that it is a cop's job to shoot suspects when they fights back, as it was a choice between their lives or those of the suspects.

“Anybody can complain. as long as it’s a legitimate drug operation, and the person fought back, what can you do?” Andanar said.

Abella also said that the Malacañang is also thinking of implementing mandatory drug tests for all government employees to reistablish the people’s faith to the government.

Abella added that the mandatory drug testing would be a welcome development and a “powerful symbolic act.” It would prove to the public that the state’s employees are decent people.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said he has instructed PNP Director General Ronald de la Rosa to proceed with the lifestyle check.

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Source: Inquirer

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