- Double standard justice is a type of justice that treats people differently based on some category, mostly their social statuses
- Michael Siaron, a pedicab driver, was killed on July 23 for allegedly being a drug pusher despite vehement denial of his live-in partner, Jennilyn Olayres
- Until now, no “big-time” drug lord has been shot dead or placed behind bars
Michael Siaron, the slain alleged drug pusher, who made headlines because of the perfect “Pieta-like” image captured by Raffy Lerma at the night he was killed, has finally become visible.
The 29-year-old alleged drug pusher died at the hands of faceless men who wantonly aim their guns and pull the trigger. Siaron had no defenses whatsoever as he was only wearing a tattered shirt, shorts and slippers, not behind some brick wall in some posh subdivision in Metro Manila or elsewhere.
Siaron belongs to the urban poor, those who are not given the fame and fortune that they would have wished for, yet they form a part of a bigger whole.
Living a simple life in the streets as a pedicab driver with his live-in partner Jennilyn Olayres, Siaron must not have expected that he would be breathing his last on that fateful day of July 23.
His life ended without so much a goodbye to his loved ones, as he was shot dead on the streets of Manila, with a cardboard sign showing hastily scribbled words of “Drug pusher ako, wag tularan.”
The photo of Olayres cradling the lifeless body of Siaron served as a wakeup call to the indiscriminate killing of alleged drug pushers without due process.
The President initially said that the picture was a mere “drama.” Perhaps, the good President was quick to judge for having failed to empathize with Olayres at the time that she saw the person she has shared her home with for more than three years, bloody and dead.
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According to Olayres, Siaron was a simple man. All he wanted was a simple life. He is the type who gets contented with eating three meals a day. He earns P200 a day for driving a pedicab, but brings home only P140 as the P60 is paid for the boundary.
Olayres admitted that her partner used to be on drugs, but he was never a pusher, or somebody who sells drugs to others. Perhaps there’s a need to orient the so-called vigilantes as to the difference between a drug user and a drug pusher. After all, the difference between these two terms is quite clear as a day.
The death of Michael Siaron has raised many questions in the hearts and minds of Filipinos. Why are those who are reportedly killed mostly “poor?” Why isn’t there any news of drug lords (not mere users or pushers) being hounded or arrested and brought to jail?
Is the Philippines embracing double standard justice? Is there justice for killing people despite the possibility that they may not have been drug pushers after all? You be the judge. – SD, Kami Media