NO TO EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS
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I have supported President Duterte’s stand against criminals. I understand where he is coming from and we most definitely have to start making sure Filipinos feel safe in the Philippines again. After all, for too long those who break the law would go by unpunished and as a result more and more criminals are emboldened to do as they please because they don’t fear the repercussions.
However, having said all that, I don’t believe that “shoot to kill” is the best way to achieve the goal of a safer country. When did fighting fire with fire ever actually work in the long run? There has to be a better middle ground. If the president’s mandate of shoot to kill is followed what we would end up with are even more vigilantes walking the streets with a convoluted sense of ‘wild wild west’ justice. This is not the way to make things safe again. In fact, things might get even more dangerous.
Is this what our country has come to? Killing someone and making a claim of their guilt on cardboard is enough to make it okay? We can’t allow this to become the norm. What’s to stop someone from killing an enemy that may or may not have had anything to do with drugs and just claiming they are a pusher or an addict after the fact? At that point they won’t be able to defend themselves and it will be too late.
We all want to live in a safe society. We want to be able to raise our children in a safer world. I commend the president on his mission to stamp our crime, drugs and violence in the Philippines. On that note, we are all aligned in wanting a better country. However, there has to be a way to do this while letting due process and the rule of law prevail. I remember the Latin legal phrase – “Fiat iustitia ruat cælum,” which translates into “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” Fair justice should always prevail, especially when lives are at stake.
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