Amnesty International reported on their latest press release that the Philippines police have killed and paid other to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity.
According to Amnesty International, the PNP allegedly acted on instructions from the very top of the national government. The international watchdog Amnesty International accused Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs “is not a war on drugs but a war on the poor.”
La Salle Professor Antonio Contreras lambasts Amnesty International, a watchdog with its known political biases against extra-judicial killings. The group should have practiced more rigor in selecting its case studies according to Contreras.
Here’s the Complete Statement of Prof. Antonio Contreras:
Amnesty International is a watchdog with its known political bias against extra-judicial killings.
Nevertheless, it should have practiced more rigor in selecting its case studies.
33 case studies of police-initiated killings already is biased towards a
particular conclusion. While data drawn from these cases may provide
evidences of the experience of these type of cases, they are not
generalizable and should not in any way be used as representative of the
totality of the killings.
The issue of payment made for every
hit is even more problematic.
It is based on the narration of very few
key informants. Hence, care must be exercised to make a blanket
conclusion THAT ALL KILLINGS HAVE A PRICE.
Making such conclusion is a
big leap and is highly irresponsible because it is methodologically
flawed. In the first place, there is no attempt to probe if the
policeman making the payment for a hit is acting independently, or what
is the source of the money. A real investigative research would have
asked this for this is crucial in proving whether the killing is state
sanctioned or not.
Believe me. I teach qualitative research methods so I should know.
Source: Prof. Antonio Contreras FB Page