Stop EJK: Killing Is Not An Option

Stop EJK: Killing Is Not An Option

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Cristine Joy Dimayuga started this petition to Community, Filipino

Extra-Judicial Killing(EJK) is one of the major problems that the Philippines encounter in the past few years. Killing is done by the government authorities without undergoing any of the judicial proceeding. This killings was seen to be immoral for the Filipinos. 

The present administration here in the Philippines strictly advocates a "drug free country" in which our President Rodrigo Duterte commands the policemen to capture or even kill those who are involve in drugs.

Just a year ago, President Rodrigo Duterte sent an indirect call and opportunity to vigilantes to perform extra-judicial killings, which resulted to an average of 5-6 Filipinos being killed every day. These anti-drug use campaigning became widespread across the country, drawing panic to people and across the world, making them see the fast resolutions of our new president. However, as we look through the process of this implementation, we can observe that there are a lot of flaws to be responded first. Unidentified deaths have been arousing because of Duterte’s encouragement of people to kill drug users, either done by the police or the drug lords themselves. This even results into deaths of the innocent. But importantly, the government should take notice about seeking alternatives rather than pursuing death as the solution.

From time to time the television and radio news reports enables us to be inform on the current issues on war of drugs. Hundreds of individuals were killed because of the campaign of Duterte's administration on illegal drugs, and most of them wasn't really involved in drugs; they're innocents that are just killed helplessly and merciless.

Killing means we deny one’s right to live, to be happy, and to enjoy their years.  Everyone’s right to live should be protected by the law, but the government itself is ending them right away. Article 5 on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated that, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” The way that EJK had been targeting innocent minors isn't helping this country. It has become sick and toxic. Just think of it, a life of an innocent student, who can have a bright future, was just ended in a snap of a finger. They had done nothing wrong, yet these students were accused, tortured and killed. This needs to stop as soon as possible.

A person could change in a single moment with proper leadership and determination, but if we take away the only thing that they hold on to survive, which is their lives, then nothing is going to happen. It is a right of a person inside a certain community to feel secure and safe. The amount that we value life will never equate to the determination to eliminate criminality and drug use in the country. In the same time that we try to protect the citizens, we forget to give importance to some who needed more help. We deprive them with their right to live, speak and change for themselves.

We should never cling to death as a solution.

So be one with us, please sign this petition to STOP EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS!

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