DOJ SECRETARY CAPARAS REAFFIRMS PH COMMITMENT TO FIGHT ILLICIT DRUGS AT UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPECIAL SESSION
Philippine Justice Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas addresses the 2016 UNGASS and reiterates the three (3) basic tenets underlying the Philippine commitment on the fight against illicit drugs.
20 April 2016, New York – Philippine Justice Secretary Emmanuel L. Caparas addressed the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem today, reaffirming the Philippines’ “unwavering drive and strong efforts to win the war on illegal drugs under the guidance of an integrated and balanced strategy.”
Secretary Caparas reiterated the three basic tenets underlying the national commitment:
- First, the Philippines’ local and national policies, initiatives and efforts against prohibited drugs are in faithful accordance with the 3 international conventions on drug control, in solidarity with ASEAN: (a) the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961 as amended by the 1972 Protocol; (b) the Convention on Psychotropic Substances of 1971; and (c) the UN Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.
Second, the Philippines remains firm and resolute in its opposition to all calls to legalize controlled drugs.
Third, the Philippines does not support the imposition of capital punishment for drug related offenses or for any other criminal offense.