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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER SECTORS AGAINST THE CONTINUING EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS AND THE DEATH OF THE INNOCENT VICTIMS

STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY OF THE PRO-LIFE CAUCUS WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER SECTORS AGAINST THE CONTINUING EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS AND THE DEATH OF THE INNOCENT VICTIMS

Since the start of the Duterte administration and its war on drugs, the layered messages of this government have encouraged the killing of anyone who may be suspected to be involved in drugs.  Filipinos are dying every day, and the President seems to be unmoved by the numbers, and seems to be happy that people are dying by the minute in every part of the country, all because of his vigilante style of dealing with criminality.

We are one with the Catholic Church in condemning the deaths of those accused of being involved in drugs.

Pope Francis has this to say “Every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes… a just and necessary punishment must never exclude the dimension of hope and the goal of rehabilitation.”  Police advertises “Eliminate the pushers, rehabilitate the users”.  Yet every person in the drug watch list becomes a target of execution, and the police merely placed them under the category deaths under investigation.  Those killed by policemen are always dubbed as “nanlaban”, who suffer fatal wounds instead of just being disarmed.  Planting evidence on victims such as guns and drugs is a dishonourable and condemnable act by those who are supposed to protect our people.  Our policemen seem to be arrogant in defending their crimes by merely indicating that those killed are included in the drug watch list.  Drug addicts are first and foremost victims, and they need rehabilitation no matter how grave and criminal their actions have been under the influence of illegal drugs.  There are many recovering addicts that can attest to the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs such as therapeutic groups and twelve steps towards recovery.  They have left the lifestyle and are now on their way to reclaim their lives and build families of their own.  Denying these persons the proper help they need is denying our country possible productive citizens coming out of addiction.

We are one with the Catholic Church in saying that “the condemnation of an innocent person cannot be justified as a legitimate means of saving the nation”.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (1753) has this statement to say when speaking about the morality of human acts.  The end does not justify the means.  No matter how good the intention is, if the means for us to carry that out is evil, then the human act itself becomes evil.  The State, directly or indirectly, sponsor these killings. What are they doing to help families who gravely suffer because of these state sanctioned executions? The international community has already spoken individually as countries, and collectively as 45 out of 47 member countries of the United Nations Human Rights Council called on the Philippine government to end the extrajudicial killings and withdraw its plan to revive the death penalty. It is our hope that the Duterte administration will not turn a blind eye over this issue, and stop sending mixed signals on the barbarity of killing people.

We are one with Catholic Church in reminding the Filipino people that we value every human life.

Following the government’s war on drugs, anarchy has come upon the country with people raising guns to shoot at anyone whom they desire to kill.  Children and the youth are now fascinated with aggression and violence. No less reinforced by the computer games that they play that exhibit violence and further worsened by the highest leader of the land’s apparent preference to summary executions as a valid way to resolve conflicts and carry out “justice” in our country.  The murder of 17 year old Grade 11 student Kian Lloyd Delos Santos is just one of the many innocent lives that were treated as collateral damage arising from Duterte’s war on drugs.

We hold the government responsible for every innocent life lost on its war on drugs.

The numerous killings either through legitimate police operations or through vigilante style executions closely mirror the ways of past dispensations. We implore government to recognize that the right to life is the most basic of human rights and as such should be upheld, respected and protected. And for every lost of innocent life resulting from the war on drugs is a responsibility that the State must pay for.

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