BBC News Article About EJK is Misleading, Contradicts Own Documentary Video, Netizen Explains Why
International media BBC News created a documentary video the life of a woman who confessed being a hired killer and admitted having killed six people. However, BBC’s news article about the documentary seems to be misleading, as explained by pro-Duterte blogger. In her Facebook post this Friday, MJ Quiambao Reyes provided details of her allegations.
In its article titled “Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living” published on August 26, 2016, BBC News reported the story of Maria (not her real name), a Filipino woman who said to have been carrying out contract killings as part of the government-sanctioned war on drugs. She was allegedly part of a team of killers-for-hire.
The said BBC News article mentioned that since President Duterte has been elected, he has been urging the police and ordinary citizens to kill drug dealers who will resist arrest. The same article also quoted Duterte’s statement during the election campaign, saying that he promise to kill 100,000 criminals in his first six months in office.
But as Maria has explained on the BBC documentary video, which happens to be the source of the news article, she said her “boss” is actually a police scalawag, a big time drug dealer in uniform. And as MJ Quiambao Reyes has emphasized, she and her “boss” are not part of the Duterte government, and in fact they are considered as enemies.
As a conclusion, Reyes emphasized that the people who have been killed by Maria and her team are not victims of the so-called EJK (extra-judicial killings). Instead, these people were killed upon the orders of members of the drug syndicate they have worked for. In fact, President Duterte has been consistent in saying that such killings will happen.
We at Taho News agree with MJ Quiambao Reyes. We also believe that EJK has been happening even during the past administrations. However, we also believe that the media has highlighted it only now because Duterte is the first president who has been very vocal in fighting illegal drugs. Unfortunately, some media outlets appears to be biased against him.