- Nine summary execution victims were found in Manila in a span of six days
- Authorities believe the victims were involved in illegal drugs
- Summary executions were said to be the effects of Duterte’s all out war against illegal drugs
A total of nine summary execution victims, believed to be involved in illegal drugs, have been found in Manila in a span of six days.
As reported by the Manila Police District’s homicide division, two of the latest summary execution victims were found Saturday morning near the Metropolitan Theater in Lawton and Intramuros areas, an article published on GMA News Online disclosed.
According to the authorities, the bodies were found around 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., respectively.
Based on descriptions noted by the authorities, both bodies were stuffed in boxes, wrapped with packing tapes wherein the first box had the message, “Pusher holdupper ako, huwag tularan” while the second box had a similar message “Pusher ako, huwag tularan.“
[I am a pusher holdupper, don’t imitate.] [I am a pusher, don’t imitate.]
As such, the MPD’s homicide division is investigating if the two killings are connected with the seven other cases they earlier recorded since July 4.
The seven recovered bodies found in Manila were also left with similar messages, the homicide division revealed.
According to the police, the summary executions may have been the effects of the Duterte administration’s campaign against drugs even as they believe the victims were killed by their fellow members of drug syndicates.
In addition, the MPD noted that authorities have killed at least 10 drug suspects in operations since July 4 after all slain suspects allegedly attempted to shoot at the arresting policemen.
Meanwhile, human rights groups appealed to the authorities to put an end to extra-judicial killings as it violates the rights of those executed without due process of law.
Neophyte Senator Leila de Lima also urged the Duterte administration to stop tolerating extra-judicial killings and summary executions in the Philippines; saying the country could turn into a massive “killing field” in due time if it is not halted.