Sen. Leila de lima


Detained Senator Leila de Lima heaved a sigh of reduction that extra Filipinos are beginning to understand that killing drug suspects just isn’t an answer to the drug menace within the nation.

“The latest SWS survey showing an 11-point drop in the public satisfaction rating on the Duterte regime’s war on drugs is a very significant (and relieving) development,” De Lima mentioned in a handwritten assertion Wednesday.

READ: SWS: Public satisfaction with battle on medication falls

“Ibig sabihin, dumadami na ang mga kababayan natin na namumulat sa katotohanan na mali ang pamamaraan ng Pangulong Duterte sa pagsugpo sa problema sa droga,” she mentioned.

The senator was reacting to the Social Weather Stations survey carried out from March 25 to 28 which confirmed that the general public internet satisfaction with the federal government’s battle on medication suffered an 11-point drop from 77 p.c in December final yr to 66 p.c in March.

De Lima insisted that abstract killing of suspected drug offenders irrespective of their guilt “is absolutely wrong, hence, unacceptable.”

“It is against the laws of men and of God,” she mentioned.

The rising statistics of innocents additionally being killed by roving death squads, she mentioned, makes this EJK (extrajudicial killing) phenomenon “much more reprehensible.”

The Duterte administration has denied summarily executing drug suspects. At the identical time, the Philippine National Police has proven that over one-million drug customers and pushers have both surrendered or been arrested alive, belying allegations of EJKs.

The authorities has additionally put up a mega rehabilitation middle that may accommodate 10,000 drug customers, whereas the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology cited jails packed and overflowing with arrested drug offenders.

READ: What EJKs? Jails bursting, says BJMP

“Those who advocate for, encourage and effectuate this extreme solution distort people’s sense of right and wrong and destroy the very moral fabric of our society. To me, they are the real enemies of the people. Let us reject and fight them,” the senator mentioned.

“Right, and not power, is might,” added Lima, who has been charged and detained on the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Quezon City for alleged involvement within the unlawful drug commerce, which she has repeatedly denied.

A neophyte senator, De Lima initiated a Senate probe on the rise of alleged EJKs and abstract killings within the nation beneath the current management of President Rodrigo Duterte. CBB/rga

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