US analytics group Gallup Inc. last week found the Philippines to be part of the top 50 safest nations in the world, a discovery that surprised Pres. Duterte.
The country scored 84 in the 2020 Global Law and Order Index tying with Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Serbia.
“It only shows that we have to credit the police and military and other uniformed services of government who toil to make this country peaceful,” Duterte was quoted as saying.
However, social media users have strongly disagreed with the results, pointing out human rights violations that have occurred under the current administration.
Data from the Philippine National Police last month revealed that almost 8,000 have died in the president’s drug war, but rights groups say that the true number is actually somewhere around 30,000. It also showed that more than a hundred had been killed between September and October as a result of over 230,000 police-led operations since July 2016 to the present.
International body Human Rights Watch recently condemned these figures in a statement: “Even with Duterte’s promise to the UN Human Rights Council last month to improve the human rights situation in the country, the situation on the ground remains as dire and deadly as ever.
“The 119 deaths in September and October… mean at least two Filipinos are killed every day by the police during drug war operations,” it added.