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Video games that puts the player in the shoes of the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte as the one who kills the criminals have been removed from the app store of Apple.
Popular games, with titles such as “Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter” have disappeared from the company’s digital store.
A drug users’ advocacy group said he had been campaigning for his removal.
Thousands of people have been killed by the police during the president of the repression against drug-related crime.
The Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (Anpud) had previously written an open letter to the ceo of Apple, Tim Cook to remove the games, of which he said were “the promotion of assassinations, extrajudicial executions, violence and the drug war in the Philippines”.
“We do not receive a direct response from Mr Cook or Apple,” the group said in a statement. “However, the majority of applications that already do not appear”.
The games that Anpud said that he had now disappeared include:
Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter
Duterte Running Challenge Game
The Fight Against Crime 2
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All the games were the President Duterte or the Philippines, police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to shoot the offenders, he said.
Some similar games are still available on the rival Google Play store, which offers applications for users of the Android mobile operating system. A couple of claim to the function of shooting zombies instead of human beings.
The chief of police Ronald dela Rosa told the Philippine Star newspaper the removal of the games was a good idea, and that the country of operation to address the drug users was not about the killing or use of violence.
“They made a bad interpretation. Tokhang is not about shooting people,” he told reporters, with the name of the operation.
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Told the newspaper that the operation involved police officers knocking on the doors of the people, and urged the suspects to stop illegal drug-related activities.
The Human Rights Watch group, however, estimated that at least 7,000 suspected drug dealers and users were killed in the first six months of President Duterte the war against drugs, many of which are attributed to “unidentified gunmen”.
The president has openly and publicly supported the extrajudicial executions in the campaign against drug-related crime.