Philippine police accused of ‘routinely’ killing drug suspects

A human rights watchdog has accused police in the Philippines of routinely killing drug suspects then planting evidence and weapons to justify self-defence.

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CAPE TOWN - A human rights watchdog has accused police in the Philippines of routinely killing drug suspects then planting evidence and weapons to justify self-defence.

CNN reports it’s the latest controversy surrounding the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs.

CNN’s Will Ripley says: “We’ve been hearing about these allegations of police corruption; everything from planting evidence like drugs and guns to crime scenes, to the fact that police officers are the prime suspects in the kidnapping, extortion and murder of a South Korean businessman. Also the murder of a Filipino mayor. All of this as the violence continues on the streets. ”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)