Bishop to PNP: Go after drug trade ‘big fish’

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MANILA, July 27, 2016 – Bishop urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to target the big players in the drug business during an interview on Radio Veritas, Tuesday.

“I am worried about the degradation of human life, especially of the poor – addicts or pushers they may be – who are not really the ‘big fish’ and who are in the drug business only for survival,” said San Jose Bishop Robert Mallari.

The prelate stressed the importance of respecting human rights even those of individuals suspected of being involved in the illegal drug trade.

“We recognize that for the first time we see our government showing a political will to fight against criminality related to drugs and we commend our present government for this. We pray that the PNP will respect the law, the rights of others, and always consider the absolute value of human life,” Mallari said.

The bishops, however, had expressed the need for less violent efforts in fighting crime.

“We understand the difficulties that law-enforcers face, the daily risk to life and limb, but not only civil society but also the Church counts on them for the flourishing of a society where all enjoy the blessings of a regime under laws that are just and institutions that are fair,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president.

According to the PNP, there have been over 192 reports of drug-related killings after President Rodrigo Duterte’s election as president. (Ysabel Hilado / CBCPNews)

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