The Dangerous Drugs Board reiterates to the the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that no policies have to be revoked because there are none which permit, tolerate, and condone killings and other human rights violations in relation to the Philippines’s anti-drug campaign.

As the agency tasked to formulate policies on drug prevention and control, the DDB guarantees that all of its issuances are supported by evidence-based information and guided by best practices from regional and international counterparts. Policy recommendations and guidelines on drug prevention and control instituted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime including those from the International Narcotics Control Board are also espoused in DDB policies in adherence to its international commitments in the spirit of regional cooperation.

Time and again, the DDB has openly presented the Philippine government’s plan of action to address the national drug abuse situation. Governed by the Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy or PADS, all agencies of the government have been directed to implement initiatives to cut the supply of and demand for drugs.

A whole-of-nation approach is undertaken that unites, balances, and strengthens complementing law enforcement and public health strategies. Programs are grounded on evidence-based approaches and culturally-relevant models that adhere to the rule of law, respect human rights, and support international obligations.

As mentioned by the UN High Commissioner, herself, there is a panel created to review all anti-illegal drug operations. As a member of the panel created by the Philippine government, the DDB attests to the objective and judicious review of the cases. The necessary policies have been clearly laid out and none of these permit abuses of authority. The Philippine government does not and will never condone extra judicial killings.

While the world drug problem is a common and shared responsibility of all nations, we highlight each State’s sovereign right to determine the best approach to address their drug problem, takig into careful consideration its historical, political, economic, social, and cultural contexts and social norms. A one size-fits all approach is ineffective now and will remain to be so in the future.

Full respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States as well as the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States is a precept which must be observed by all.

While it strengthens the anti-drug campaign, it also reinforces the sense of accountability among front-liners and duty bearers. Cases filed against erring offices are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law with corresponding sanctions and penalties as prescribed by due process.

The Board urges the Council to remain impartial and non-selective and engage countries in a constructive and productive manner, taking into account the policy documents, clarificatory explanations, and responses of the government.