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PH tops Global Impunity Index list

The 2017 Global Impunity Index. Image © www.udlap.mx/cesij/files/IGI-2017_eng.pdf

THE Philippines topped and bested 68 other countries the list of the 2017 Global Impunity Index.

Compiled by the Mexico based Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UAP), the Philippines garnered a 75.60 score in the Global Impunity Index besting with a wide margin second placer India, which got a GII score of 70.94.

According to the UAP, the GII measures impunity levels by analyzing the security and justice systems of select economies, as well as each economies respect for human rights.

It added that for 2017 GII, 69 economies were analyzed, 10 more economies than the 2015 GII, by using 12 variables – five for structural dimension, six for functional dimension and one indicator for the human rights dimension. Scores range from 0 and 100, with zero means inexistent impunity and 100 is the highest level.

The report came out last month weeks before Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s speech before the United Nations General Assembly where he reiterated the Philippines’ commitment to its human rights obligations under the international treaties it has ratified.

Saying security and human rights are not incompatible, Cayetano told the UNGA that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte will continue to uphold human rights in carrying out its responsibility to protect Filipinos from the threat posed by illegal drugs, criminality and terrorism.

Curiously, Cayetano’s Security and Human rights speech came after the Duterte administration rejected calls by UN member-states, through its Human Rights Council’s TUPRRP, to have a thorough independent probe into the reported extrajudicial killings in the country of more than 13,000 suspected illegal drugs users and small time dealers.

In response to the 2017 GII report, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Friday said it was only under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte that the issues of crime and terrorism have been “decisively addressed.”

Abella also noted that the report should be taken in its proper context.

Previous governments faced these same problems but it is only under this Administration that crime and terrorism are being decisively addressed,” he said.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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