United Nations (UN) agencies, over 45 UN member states, the European Union, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and over 370 community and civil society organizations globally have condemned the war on drugs in the Philippines. Two cases have been filed in the ICC for his crimes against humanity. However, such efforts and concerns were either mocked or openly challenged by Duterte.

During the plenary session on drug policy reform in the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference in Montreal, Canada, Senator Risa Hontiveros, a leading health advocate in the Philippines presented how the new administration has proposed the whole gamut of drug policy reforms that aims to strengthen Duterte’s crime and punishment approaches. As an alternative to his reforms, Senator Hontiveros has filed the “Public Health Intervention for Drug Use Act of 2017”, that would institutionalize life saving harm reduction policies. Watch the full video below:

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