Sunday, August 20, 2017

Girl lies dead in the street next to her bloodstained Barbie because of her 'drug pusher' friend

Lying in the road with her blood-stained Barbie doll shattered from her hand, a dead teenager has become the latest victim of the Philippines war on drugs.

The young girl was shot dead beside her older friend by unknown motorcycle-riding gunmen in a road around Manila.

Afterwards, the shooters dropped a cardboard sign on the body of her 21-year-old male friend with the message 'You are a drug pusher, you are an animal'.

A teenage girl lies dead in the street after being gunned down as part of the Philippines crackdown on drugs. Police believe the girl was an innocent victim and it seemed that her blood-stained Barbie doll had been blown out of her hands. They also recovered other items belonging to the youngster including a Hello kitty watch

Pictures from the scene show the blood-stained teenager, 17, lying dead on the ground outside a house in a dark street.

One of the dead girl's relatives cries and breaks down in the street after the teenager was shot dead

Asked to comment on a Reuters report that highlighted widespread discrepancies in statistics related to Duterte's drugs crackdown, Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa appeared irked at police and took a swipe at journalists for what he called 'unfair' reporting.

He said: 'Talk to me, but don't go to the media to talk about those things.

'Tell our men, the officers who had said this, if they had balls, they should talk to me.'

Dela Rosa, whose nickname means 'rock', said officers with grievances should tell their commanders or go to a panel dedicated to hearing internal complaints.

He added: 'They're undermining the efforts of the president,' he said, warning of possible charges of insubordination for not using approved channels.

The Reuters report reviewed official government data and compiled interviews with Duterte's top anti-drug officials, who said numbers on police deaths, total drug users, those needing treatment, the types of drugs consumed and the prevalence of drug-related crime were exaggerated, flawed or non-existent.