Former President Benigno Aquino III confused the State’s responsibility to guard its residents and the need of holding killers accountable amid the spate of killings that has been occurring currently.
Aquino admitted he had no evidence on allegations that the killings underneath the Duterte administration had been extrajudicial and sponsored by the state when requested by reporters to remark in regards to the situation on his father, former senator Benigno Aquino Jr.’s 34th death anniversary Monday (August 21).
“Wala tayong death penalty so walang judicial killing. Kung walang judicial killing, walang extra judicial killing. So dito maliwanag, may murder, may homicide. Ang importante may pinatay, may pumatay hanapin yung pumatay, magbayad ng kaukulang parusa,” he stated on the sidelines of a mass on the Manila Memorial Park.
“Wala kong tangan na ebidensya pero may state obligation na protektahan lahat ng mga mamamayan na kailangan tugisin lahat ng mga may sala sa lipunan,” Aquino added when pressed on the matter of EJKs.
The former President, nevertheless, stated he has been of the idea that one death is “too many.”
Human rights teams have accused President Rodrigo Duterte of masterminding the killing of drug suspects by telling the police to shoot them. The Chief Executive has additionally drawn flak for promising to guard cops from felony legal responsibility over the deaths of their targets.