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Apple deletes from the store the games in the “war on drugs” in the Philippines

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Published on Nov 29, 2017

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Apple has removed from the App Store different games that have as protagonist the summary the war on drugs, the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte and the head of the national police, Ronaldo “Bato” dela Rosa.

The way in which the president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is fighting the drug phenomenon in the country has sparked lots of controversy, even on the part of many humanitarian associations. Up to now, there are more than twelve thousand victims of the killings killings carried out by soldiers and mercenaries in the poorest areas of Manila, for a slaughter that for many has little to do with drug trafficking in the Philippines. Indeed, some surveys have tried as has become a routine for the philippine police to kill the suspects in cold blood and then cover up their crime by placing drug and weapons near the corpse.

This is the situation that gave rise to many games on the App Store such as Fighting Crime 2, Duterte knows Kung Fu: the Pinoy Crime Fighter and Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba. The player takes on the role of the president Duterte or the police with the aim of killing the drug traffickers. In view of the sensitivity of the issue, several associations have asked Apple to remove these apps as they violate the rules of the App Store for the explicit use of violence.

For example, ANPUD has sent an open letter to Tim Cook and ask them to remove these apps, as they promote war, violent to the drug: “These games enhance and normalize the tyranny of the president Duterte in combating the drug phenomenon, without any respect of law and human rights“.

Apple has accepted these requests, and many of those games were already deleted.

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