Rights group concerned about Robin Padilla’s stance on EJKs

MANILA, Philippines — Human Rights Group Karapatan Saturday raised concerns that actor and now Senate contender Robin Padilla could win the election despite his stance on extrajudicial killings (EJK).

“Sir. Padilla’s view on extrajudicial executions as unavoidable incidents during anti-crime operations is contrary to democratic principles and the so-called rule of law in the country,” said Cristina Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan, to the Inquirer.

Padilla, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, had claimed that the latter’s bloody war on drugs had been “the most successful”.

In a TV interview last week, Padilla said EJKs have been involved in the fight against illegal drugs. Padilla was convicted of unlawful possession of firearms in 1994 and was granted an absolute pardon by Duterte in 2016.

—DEMPSEY REYES

READ: Robin Padilla Says EJK Part of Fighting Crime, Duterte’s War on Drugs ‘Most Successful’

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