MANILA, Aug. 5, 2016 – A prelate of Butuan urged the government to respect the judicial process when dealing with drug users and pushers in its campaign against illegal drugs.
“Campaign versus drugs, in that matter, we could not tolerate or allowed just to kill them because of this, because of that, it has to undergo judicial process,” said Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos.
He emphasized the need for due process of law specially since the Philippines is a democratic country.
“We are living in a democracy, [the drug war] has to follow judicial process,” he added.
Despite efforts already being made to monitor and investigate illegal drug operations in Mindanao, Pueblos pushes for continued efforts in drug busting.
“That’s true, they (drug operators) are slowly being investigated and monitored so with this kind of work I think something good will come out of this,” he said.
Another prelate from Novaliches shared the same sentiments against the said extrajudicial killings, stressing drug users’ and pushers’ right to be given a chance to change their ways.
“The end does not justify the means,” said Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani Jr. “If the person had wronged, proper action should be taken and that it does not clash with their human rights.”
According to the latest data from the Philippine National Police, 395 drug users and pushers have been killed and the number steadily rises everyday. (Ysabel Hilado / CBCPNews)