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Global study names Philippines as among world’s least peaceful countries




The Philippines was the second worst performing country in its region, only surpassed by North Korea

An international study that measures global peace has found that the Philippines is among the least peaceful countries in the world.

According to the Global Peace Index 2017, which was published on Friday, the Philippines is ranked at 138th among 163 countries.

The index said the country’s overall score has deteriorated since President Duterte took office in June last year.

“A bloody war against drugs and crime has been extended nationwide, and is reflected in a deterioration of the country’s Societal Safety and Security indicators,” the report said.

“The Philippines homicide rate, incarceration rate and number of deaths from internal conflict have all deteriorated. The extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals, drug mules and users has significantly increased security risks, even for ordinary citizens who could potentially get caught in the crossfire.”

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The president has been widely criticised by human rights groups and world leaders for his war on drugs.

Critics say the anti-drug crackdown is to blame for up to 9,000 deaths, a number disputed by the government, which says fewer than 2,000 deaths were a result of the campaign.

The country’s peace ranking was the second worst in the Asia-Pacific region, only surpassed by North Korea, which ranked 150th. New Zealand was the most peaceful in the region and ranked second in the world.

The study said that the largest deteriorations were recorded in Ethiopia, Burundi, Saudi Arabia, Mali and Lesotho.

The latest Global Peace Index is the eleventh edition and was produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace.



1 Comment on "Global study names Philippines as among world’s least peaceful countries"

  1. “Critics say the anti-drug crackdown is to blame for up to 9,000 deaths, a number disputed by the government, which says fewer than 2,000 deaths were a result of the campaign.”

    Bloodthirsty liars.
    Duterte has had his cops murder thousands.
    He has hired civilians to murder thousands.
    And he has on several occasions urged the public to murder:

    “If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself as getting their parents to do it would be too painful.”

    “If you want to kill the drug addict, just shoot him in the head!”

    “I’m not saying you kill them but the order is ‘dead or alive.’”

    “If you lose your job, I’ll give you one. Kill all the drug addicts,” the President told returning OFWs. “Help me kill addicts. Let’s kill addicts every day.”

    “I intend to also arm the civilians and I will include the civilians, if you kill, you do not have to worry, you just go to the police and make a report and state your truth and you won’t have any problem, I’ll take care of you. I’ll pardon you.”

    Duterte’s Police chief Bato adds: “Would you like to kill them? Go ahead. Why don’t you give them a visit, pour gasoline on their homes and set these on fire to register your anger.”

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