Technology giant, Apple Inc has taken down mobile games that seem to glorify the Philippine government’s deadly war against illegal drugs. The Asian Network of People Who Use Drugs (ANPUD) urged Apple’s chief executive officer Tim Cook to take down all insensitive content from its App Store meant for iOS users.
The group announced their success on 29 November. “We did not receive a direct response from Mr. Cook or Apple Inc. However, most of the apps (games) no longer appear in the search result of app store,” ANPUD said in a statement.
“These games include Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter, Duterte Running Man Challenge Game, Fighting Crime 2, Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba! that featured Duterte or Philippine National Police chief (Ronald) Bato dela Rosa shooting down criminals,” said the statement.
The games feature either President Duterte or Philipines police chief Ronald ‘Bato’ dela Rosa catching criminals, shooting or evading obstacles by popular game play styles such as endless run. Though the games have been removed from Apple’s App Store, they are still available for download on Google’s Play Store.
According to BBC, police chief Ronald dela Rosa told the Philippine Star newspaper that the removal of the games was a good idea. However, he also said that Tokhang (the name of the operation) was not about killing or the use of violence.According to him, the operation involved cops knocking at people doors and advising drug users and suspects to stop illegal drug related activities. However, The Human Rights Watch group estimated that within the last six months of President Duterte's war on drugs at least 7,000 suspected drug dealers and users were killed, many of those deaths are attributed to ‘unidentified gunmen’. Reports say, the Philippine president openly authorized extrajudicial killings in the campaign against drug crime.