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Kine blasts Abe for glossing over Duterte carnage

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Deputy Asia Director Phelim Kine reckoned that Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe didn’t help the Philippines’ situation by saying zilch about the spate of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) under President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Some foreign governments with close ties to the Philippines, such as Japan, have turned a blind eye to the bloodshed,” said Kine in a statement Wednesday, January 25.

“During his mid-January visit to the Philippines, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a five-year $800 million Japanese government Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) package to ‘promote economic and infrastructure development.

“But while promising financial support for drug rehabilitation projects in the Philippines, he made no mention of the brutal impact of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign on people who use drugs and their families,” Kine pointed out.

In the same statement, Kine said that the death toll of the Duterte administration since June 30, 2016 has reached 7,028 people. This translates to an average of 30 killings a day.

The HRW official argued that the killings in the Philippines will continue “until there is concerted domestic and international opposition to the carnage”.