Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday mentioned that it’s now only a matter of time earlier than “the truth” in reference to the spate of killings within the nation comes out amid stories from native and worldwide media.
“It is just a matter of time before all of the truth comes out in all its horrifying detail, of how a President took hold of a nation’s consciousness to promote social cleansing as a final solution to the nation’s problems, the same way Hitler hypnotized the German people,” De Lima wrote from her detention on the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Quezon City simply days after Reuters, citing police officers, reported that cops, not vigilantes, are behind the proliferation of slays since President Rodrigo Duterte took workplace final 12 months.
“As the truth gradually comes out, let us learn from history and know that final solutions that consist of state-sponsored murders in massive scale, even if not in Holocaust proportions, can only lead to the destruction of a nation’s social, moral, and cultural fabric,” she added.
A particular report of Reuters quoted a retired intelligence officer and an lively senior commander of the Philippine National Police as saying that cops had obtained money funds for executing medication suspects.
The report additionally talked about a 26-page report, titled “The State-Sponsored Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines” dated January 26, 2017, detailing how extrajudicial killings (EJKs) within the nation are carried out and funded.
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An analogous report by the Amnesty International was launched in February, which “details how the police have systematically targeted mostly poor and defenseless people across the country while planting ‘evidence,’ recruiting deaths squads, stealing from the people they kill and fabricating official incident reports,” within the identify of Duterte’s battle on medication.
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“With DDS insider testimonies coming from former DDS members Arturo Lascañas and Edgar Matobato, as well as confirmation coming from PNP officials, there ought to be no longer any doubt that there exists an international criminal case for crimes against humanity against the President, his PNP Chief and commanders, and high ranking cabinet officials and congressional allies,” mentioned De Lima, who’s detained on drug charges.
Matobato and Lascañas each testified within the Senate and claimed that they had been a part of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), whose members had been allegedly paid by then Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte to kill criminals and enemies.
“Now that evidence of this continues to surface, we must ask ourselves if we want to go on supporting the carnage,” De Lima mentioned.
‘Brave, honorable men’
She additionally lauded “brave and honorable” cops for testifying that the federal government is guilty for the extrajudicial killings within the nation.
“I salute the brave and honorable men and women of the PNP for giving testimonial proof that the extrajudicial killings (EJKs) are indeed state-sponsored and carried out upon direct orders of the President,” she mentioned.
De Lima has been important of Duterte when she was chair of the Commission on Human Rights, probing him for his alleged ties to the DDS.
The former Justice secretary warned that historical past will soon catch up on those that violated human rights.
“Human rights is universal. It is not a fashion statement. Sooner or later, the judgment of history of how we treated our fellow human beings, whether we fought for them or cheered on their slaughterers, will catch up with us,” De Lima mentioned.
“When that time comes, we must make sure we are standing on the side of justice,” she added.
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