- Roxas expressed concern about the growing number of extra judicial killings
-Roxas emphasized that the killings would most likely affect poor people more than the rich
-Roxas has his own opinion about the killing spree, but plans on giving the Duterte administration a chance
Losing Liberal Party Presidential candidate Mar Roxas expressed his concerns about the increasing number of extra-judicial killings days before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte assumes office on Thursday, June 30.
In an interview, Roxas, who also served as DILG secretary under the Aquino administration, said that the extra-judicial killings would most likely affect poor people more than the rich who can afford paying for additional layers of protection.
“Lahat ng mga extra-judicial na gawaing ito, ang talagang naaapektuhan nito ay iyung mga mahihirap. Kasi ang mayayaman, makakabili ng baril, makaka-hire ng security guard, makakuha ng resbak, may abogado,” Roxas said.
(Extra-judicial killings truly affect poor people because the rich can buy guns; hire a security guard; get reinforcement forces in the event of security threat and be able to hire a lawyer.)
Roxas also said that while he has his own opinion about the killing spree days before President-elect Duterte assumes office, he plans on giving the Duterte administration a chance.
Duterte has actively expressed his strong stance against drugs and criminality in his administration. In a national convention where he was invited to speak, the outgoing Davao City mayor has called for extinction of criminals by killing them. “Kill them all (criminals),” the tough talking Duterte said.
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Duterte earlier said that he do not care if Commission on Human Rights file cases of human rights violations against him. “Why should I be afraid to go to prison?” said incoming president Duterte.
Meanwhile, Roxas, during his campaign, articulated strong support for the protection of human rights.
“One of the cornerstones of our platform is to restore and protect the dignity in being Filipino. This entails the respect and protection of the inalienable rights every human being has, regardless of age, sex, religion, class, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, at every stage and in every condition,” Roxas posted in his blog on The Roxas-Robredo 5-Point Agenda on Human Rights.
Roxas, who was actively endorsed by incumbent President Aquino, lost to Duterte by a wide vote margin during the May 9 elections. -MR,