Philippine Tourism Secretary: Media coverage on drug war scaring foreigners

Philippine Tourism Secretary urged the media to “tone down” its coverage on the slaying of drug suspects

The ongoing drug war in the Philippines is hurting tourism numbers and the country’s Tourism Secretary is blaming the media on reporting the extrajudicial killings.

Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on Wednesday urged the media to “tone down” its coverage on the slaying of drug suspects, which have scared away foreigners.

Teo insisted the Philippines was a safe destination to visit but journalists were making it harder to promote tourism to the country due to their focus on the killings, according to AFP.

Philippine president Duterte previously stated millions of Filipinos were “slaves” to drugs and that he would be happy to “slaughter” three million drug addicts like Hitler killed Jews.

Human rights groups have accused Duterte of committing crimes against humanity by inciting the killings, and have called for international investigations against the leader Duterte of committing crimes against humanity by inciting the killings, and have called for international investigations against the leader.