- Senator Joel Villanueva said that President Duterte’s war against illegal drugs should take into account the rule of law
- The senator said that the rule of law will crumble if the war against criminality does not follow it
- However, Villanueva said that there is no denying the effectiveness of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign
Senator Joel Villanueva said on Tuesday that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte’s war against drugs should adhere to the rule of law.
“Pag hindi po natin na-control po ito, then ‘yung rule of law na gusto nating i-espouse, ang mangyayari niyan magka-crumble din ‘yung rule of law. Importante yung pagbalanse po nito,” the neophyte senator said.
(If we do not control this, then the rule of law that we want to espouse would also crumble. Balance is important in this matter.)
However, Villanueva pointed out that Duterte’s aggressive campaign against the illegal drug trade has been effective so far.
“Sa ngayon po siguro wala namang magsasabi sa atin na hindi ito epektibo. In my own hometown alone, mahigit 700 ang sumuko na sila’y gumagamit ng iligal na droga. So para sa akin this is a welcome development,” Villanueva said.
(Nobody can say right now that it has not been effective. In my hometown alone, more than 700 illegal drug users have already surrendered. So this is a welcome development for me.)
The senator also responded to the calls for an inquiry regarding the spate of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug criminals, saying that any investigation should not destroy the momentum of the administration’s current fight against illegal drugs.
He also pointed out that police reports about incidents of citizens being killed due to their connection to drugs should be profiled more carefully because the murdered individuals might not actually be drug criminals.
“In the end pag tinitignan natin yung dulo, siguro we need more time for profiling these cases and yung mga reports na naririnig natin. Madali po kasing magsabi na ganito yung nangyari eh,” the senator explained.
(In the end, maybe we need more time for profiling these cases and the reports we hear about. Because it is easy to say that this is what happened.)
The Catholic Church and various human rights activists have urged the government to put a stop to the vigilante killings in the country, which has risen significantly since Duterte became the President. -Kami Media