‘Sanctity of life’ should guide PH’s drug war

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Order of Friars Minors-Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (OFM-JPIC) rally against the recent summary executions in the country. (Photo: Shirley Paraiso)

MANILA, Oct. 19, 2016 – As a group of life advocates backs the state’s campaign against narcotics, it also stresses that the Philippines’ all out war against drugs should be anchored on the recognition that life is precious.

“Let us destroy illegal drugs, save the victims, and bring healing to them, their families, and our nation,” said Br. Al Villanueva, Order of Friars Minors-Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (OFM-JPIC) San Pedro Bautista provincial animator.

Going to the roots

The OFM-JPIC Animators of the Province of San Pedro Bautista called on all stakeholders to rally support for the campaign to fight drugs in the country, stressing, however, that the fight against illegal narcotics should be anchored on the sanctity of human life.

The group contends that addressing the drug problem in the country requires going to the actual source of the problem.

“The menace of illegal drugs should be cut at its roots,” explained Villanueva, saying killing is not a long-lasting solution to the drug problem.

“Killing will not bring true change and peace in our country,” he stressed.

“We abhor the ongoing killings in the war against illegal drugs.”

Due process

A fifty-something taxi driver who refused to be named said most of the drug suspects killed were poor.

Suspected drug users and pushers should be accorded due process of law, the taxi driver demanded. Some of the casualties in the war on drugs could be innocent people, he said.

“One cannot just fire at a suspect without the conviction of the court,” he protested in Filipino. “There were drug users and purshers who reformed their lives. Don’t shoot. Give them a chance.” (Oliver Samson / CBCPNews)

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