- Buhay Representative Lito Atienza compared the summary killings against suspected drug pushers to the abuses and human rights violations during Martial Law
- Atienza emphasized on how victims of extrajudicial killings were treated and abused to what happened to many Filipinos under the Marcos regime
- President Rodrigo Duterte was urged by Atienza to address the issue to prevent a downfall in his leadership
The brutal extrajudicial killings of suspected drug pushers and users in the country were compared to the atrocities and abuses the Filipinos experienced during the Martial Law by Buhay Representative Lito Atienza, who further urged President Rodrigo Duterte to address the killings.
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According to Atienza, the horrifying sight of drug suspects who were killed, hogtied, and dumped anywhere is the same as what happened during Martial Law. The atrocities and human rights violations committed by the military government of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos were the exact human rights violations happening right now under the Duterte administration.
‘Ang nangyayari sa (what is happening in) summary killings, I cannot agree with that, in the same manner I rejected martial law because of that. Ang daming pinatay (Many were killed) … Abuse is happening every day, similar to those dark days of martial law. Walang kalaban laban ang mga suspek (The suspects were killed without a fight),’ said Atienza.
Atienza said that the President has to be aware of what is really going on in order to not suffer the same defeat as that of Marcos, who was overthrown by the late president Cory Aquino.
Upon the death of her husband Ninoy Aquino, a strong opposition during the Marcos regime, Cory led the EDSA Revolution in which the power of democracy was emulated and praised worldwide.
‘The command responsibility will take over the good intentions of the president. Eventually, he’ll be blamed for all of these, in the same way we blamed Marcos for martial law. I want him to succeed. He should take note of what’s going on. Hindi tama ito (This is not right), it must be corrected immediately,’ Atienza emphasized.
As a concerned supporter of the current administration, Atienza reminded the president that if he is to continue his all-out war against drugs, there might be an uprising that will cause his downfall.
The ongoing debate about Duterte’s decision to allow Marcos to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani made Atienza state his critical thoughts on the issue of killings in the country. – Kami Media