Cebu groups call for due process in anti-drug war
(The Freeman) - August 22, 2018 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Cause-oriented groups in Cebu have joined calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the government's bloody war on drugs.


Nagpakabanang Sugbuanon Alang sa Kinabuhi ug Hustisya (Nasukhu), a coalition of civic groups and members of the academe to respond to the recent spate of killings, said every person deserves the due process of law.

The group, in a recent conference, said the rule of law should not be disregarded in the campaign to crush the narcotics trade.

Lawyer Vincent Isles of the Silent Majority (TSM)-Cebu said due process and the rule of law must be dutifully upheld.

"So kini karon, I am addressing the public, this is not just for us nga ania diri, representing these organizations. For all the Filipinos and for all Cebuanos because if we do not stand up for our rights, who will stand up for us?” he said.

He said Duterte’s drug war has killed innocent lives.

“Unta ang Sugbo, dili nato himuong usa ka battleground sa usa ka hiwi ug fake nga war on drugs. Daghan na kaayo inosenteng nangamatay. Nagkagrabe gyud ang patay karon,” he said.

Fr. Jose Bagadiong of People’s Campaign against Tyranny has also expressed concern over the rising death toll on the administration’s war on prohibited drugs.

He said killing suspected criminals would not be the right remedy to the country’s problem on drug proliferation.

"Being part of the clergy of Cebu, I would like to reiterate the position of the church and Catholics Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) regarding respect for human life and from this basis therefore condemns any acts that kill and devalue human life," he said.

He said the sanctity of life must be preserved at all times.

“The spate of killings in Cebu is already intolerable,” he said, adding that the war on drugs is just promoting violence and instilling fear in people.

Lawyer Meinrado Paredes of Samahang Demokratikong Kaakbay claimed that killings were “state-sponsored violence.”

"In Cebu alone, there were almost 200 and so killings not only ordinary citizens and victims. The victims are mostly drug suspects, PDEA agents, policemen, government officials, and lawyers," Paredes said.

"The regime does not protect human rights and dignity. The regime does not believe in due process, the law is kill, kill, and kill. Naay Build, Build, Build (program) pero build og panteon,” he added. — Jeffrey Legara, USJ-R Intern/KBQ (FREEMAN)

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