By Genalyn Kabiling
Malacañang took exception to a global report about the country having the worst impunity in crimes, saying the matter should be put in the proper context.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that the government has actually been decisively addressing the problems of crimes and terrorism but that it recognized the need to strengthen the criminal justice system to penalize the perpetrators.
“The true depth, breadth and magnitude of crime and terrorism, funded by illegal drugs, have only been recently uncovered; resistance from those adversely affected by the current government’s campaign against illegal drugs has been strong, and internal cleansing by organized crime has all had violent results,” he said.
“We must therefore strengthen the pillars of the criminal justice system, which include the community, law enforcement, prosecution, the courts and corrections,” he added.
In the 2017 Global Impunity Index, the Philippines ranked the highest in impunity amid the increase in violence arising from crimes and terror activities linked to the Islamic State.
The report, conducted by the University of the Americas Puebla, showed the country topping the impunity index among 69 countries with 75.6 points.
Other countries with high rates of impunity were India, Cameroon, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Nicaragua, and Russia.
“The Index made mention of ‘the increase of violence related with organized crime and increased terrorist activities from local gangs linked to the Islamic State,’” Abella said.
“Previous governments faced these same problems but it is only under this Administration that crime and terrorism are being decisively addressed,” he added.