Last week the Department of Tourism Chief pleaded with the media to tone down reports on EJKs (extrajudicial killings) because it's bad news for tourism.
Is the DOT chief even remotely aware of how rife with crime and how dangerous the whole country is for tourists in general? The reputation the Philippines has for being unsafe did not start with the advent of the drug war. This website has an extensive list of names of foreigners who have been murdered in the Philippines: http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Philippines/sub5_6f/entry-3910.html
Needles to say the response to her suggestion was not positive.
An EJK is defined as:
An extrajudicial killing (also known as extrajudicial execution) is the killing of a person by governmental authorities without the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process.
In the midst of the war on drugs the President of the Philippines has been accused of giving the police free reign to kill whomever they suspect is an addict or a pusher. Many have died since President Duterte took office. However, the number of people dead from actual EKJs is disputed and none of the statistics on either side of the aisle are particularly reliable. Here is a rebuttal from journalist Robert Tigalo regarding the inflating of these numbers.
In regards to EJKs and tourism let's ask a completely different question: "What's worse for tourism: a criminal getting killed or tourists actually being kidnapped and beheaded by Muslim terrorists?"
Since the war on drugs began only one foreigner has been a direct casualty.
Wow a British national known for dealing drugs is killed in the drug war. Big shocker. The police knew she was a dealer and so did her killers.
Now let's look at how many tourists have been kidnapped and beheaded by Muslims.
The last guy, Bernard Then, was not even a tourist.
After being kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants from a restaurant in neighbouring Sandakan, Sabah on 15 May 2015, he was brought to Parang, Sulu before beheaded in Jolo after ransom demands was not met
Abu Sayyaf is so dangerous that not only are tourists not safe but no country in the region is safe.
It's clear that the greater threat to tourists and tourism in the Philippines is Abu Sayyaf and other Muslim terrorist groups and not EJKs.
What madness is this that the Philippines is tolerating becoming a training ground for ISIS? It's time to put an end to Islamic terrorism in the Philippines once and for all.