British baron’s daughter killed in Philippines drug war

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Manila, Sep 20 (IANS) The daughter of a flamboyant British baron was shot to death in Quezon city amid a brutal crackdown against drugs in the Philippines, media reported.

The 45-year-old Maria Aurora Moynihan was shot five times in the chest and was dumped on a street in Manila on September 10 though her name was not on their “watchlist”, Stuff news quoted the Quezon police as saying.

Filipino-British Moynihan was the daughter of Baron Antony Moynihan, an international figure implicated in the infamous 1988 arrest of convicted British drug smuggler and author Howard Marks.

Baron Moynihan, who ran brothels and was linked to drug trafficking, was accused of fraud in Britain and fled to the Philippines in the 1960s and died here in 1991.

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Her attackers left a cardboard sign leaning against her, which allegedly said “Drug pusher to the celebrities”.

She had been accused of involvement in the drug business and was on bail on a suspected possession charge, the Guardian reported.

The killing appears to be the latest casualty in a government-led move to eradicate drugs and combat crime in the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte has led a campaign to kill drug dealers and users, sparking widespread human rights’ concerns.

Since Duterte assumed office on June 30, over 700,000 drug users and pushers have surrendered to authorities while more than 3,000 drug suspects have been killed.

The President has also sought a six-month extension to end the illegal drugs problem in the country from his initial target of three to six months.

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