New York City – The Philippine Consulate General in New York responded to the December 7 New York Times article titled “They are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” saying the story was totally one-sided.
Taking cue from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in Malacanang, the PCGNY asked the foreign media to present both sides of the story when reporting on the Philippine war against drugs.
OSM! publishes excerpts of the Philippine government response:
“There are two sides in every story. The New York Times article entitled “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals” dated 7 December is totally one-sided as it depicts the Philippines as the Wild, Wild West in this part of the world. This is furthest from the truth.
If the reporter had bothered to check the facts, of the 3,000 deaths under investigation by the Philippine National police, only 1,080 are drug-related. The rest are murder and homicide cases perpetrated by riding-in-tandem gunmen which the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating, the results of which will be made public in due time.
The police have nothing to do with these killings. The President has not given any direct orders for them to kill drug dealers and users on mere suspicion.
A number of police officers have already died in the war on drugs. This demonstrates the magnitude of the drug problem in the country, and the need for resolute and decisive response by law enforcement.
We ask foreign media to present both sides of the story when reporting on the Philippine war on drugs. We in government, including the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies, would be more than willing to help in unearthing the truth and presenting the facts about the drug menace to the public.”
The original post is available on the PCOO website http://pcoo.gov.ph/office-