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FAKE NEWS: Inquirer, PhilStar, Rappler reports on ICC ruling vs. Duterte

NO ICC RULING

By RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO, The Manila Times

First of 2 parts
THE Philippine Star* last week ran a front-page story headlined “ICC sees crimes against humanity in Philippines drug war.” Its lead read: “The International Criminal Court has found ‘reasonable basis’ to believe that crimes against humanity were committed in President Duterte’s war on drugs, which has reportedly killed over 20,000 people since 2016.” The next day, Duterte’s critics were ecstatic over the report, with the Philippine Daily Inquirer banner story screaming: “Drug War Critics on ICC Report: Reckoning Near.”

ICC finds ‘basis to believe’ crimes vs humanity committed in Duterte’s drug war

These are outright lies.

They are “journalism” of the most despicable kind: They spread false, fake news. (The Star article even used the “20,000” figure, which has been proven to be totally without basis, with the government’s figure of about 6,000 fatalities accepted by most.) READ MORE

READ MORE: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ON DUTERTE

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