Martial Law victims, lawyers call for a stop to drug related killings


BAGUIO CITY — An organization of Martial Law victims and a lawyers’ group called for a stop to the illegal drug related killings as they called for the observance of due process and rule of law in the conduct of the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drug campaign.

Joanna Cariño, the chairperson of Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) Northern Luzon, said the drug related killings should be investigated, during a peace forum held to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law at the University of the Cordilleras, September 21.

Cariño clarified that they are not against the war on illegal drugs. “But its implementation should be within the bounds of the law,” she said.

“As victims of Martial Law, we should always stand for human rights and due process,” she added.

It can be recalled that during a Senate hearing on August 23, Director General Ronald dela Rosa said the illegal drug related death toll already rose to 1,800. The killings still continue.

Lawyer Louie Santos of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said that due process and the rule of law must be upheld in the war on illegal drugs.

“The war on illegal drugs is just but it should not cause injustice to the people,” Santos said.

Santos said that killing people will not solve criminality and illegal drug problem. He added that the war on illegal drugs should not turn into a war against the poor pointing to the fact that most of the victims of illegal drug related killings belong to the poor. #