Professors from the University of the Philippines Diliman have condemned the current killings of three youngsters, as they expressed alarm on the looming authoritarian rule that could be imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a press release, the UP Diliman Council stated it’s bothered by the continued spate of drug-related killings within the nation.
“Ipinapahayag namin ang aming pagkapoot dahil sa nangyaring pagpaslang kina Kian Loyd de los Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman at iba pang kabataan at mahihirap na mamamayan. Ang kanilang kamatayan ay repleksyon ng brutal na pamamaraan ng mga alagad ng batas, na higit pang hinihikayat ng proteksyon at retorika ng Pangulo na nagpapairal sa kawalan ng pananagutan at ligalig,” it stated.
The Council stated the federal government’s marketing campaign towards medicine mustn’t goal the poor, contemplating the meager sources they must defend themselves.
The professors condemned the killing of drug suspects as a mandatory evil, in addition to the seeming disregard for human rights.
“Ipinahahayag namin ang aming lubos na pagkabahala sa pagguho ng mga demokratikong prinsipyo at sa nagbabantang awtoritaryan na pamamahala sa ating bansa, na nakikita sa kabi-kabilang pamamaslang kasunod ng deklarasyon ni Duterte ng malawakang pagsugpo sa droga at pagpapalawig ng batas militar sa Mindanao,” they stated.
The 19-year-old Arnaiz was shot lifeless by the Caloocan City police after allegedly participating in a shootout on August 18. The teenager, who was final seen in Cainta, Rizal, reportedly robbed a taxi driver alongside C-Three highway.
Fourteen-year-old Reynaldo De Guzman, who was the final individual seen with Arnaiz of their neighborhood, was discovered lifeless at a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on September 6. His physique bore a number of stab wounds whereas his head was wrapped in packaging tape and fabric.
Two days earlier than Arnaiz’s alleged encounter with the police, 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot lifeless by the Caloocan City police throughout anti-drug operations.
In gentle of the drug-related killings, the Council urged school members of UP Diliman to conduct extra discussions and “teach-ins” for college kids and the general public to remember of human rights and study to face up towards authoritarian rule.
“Kami, bilang mga guro ng UP, ay marapat na magsilbing mga mapanuring tinig upang ipaalala sa pamahalaan ang tungkulin nito para sa serbisyo, pagtaguyod sa kabutihan ng publiko, proteksyon at pangangalaga sa kagalingan ng mamamayan,” the professors stated.