NOVEMBER 13, 2019 – It may be impossible to stop the killings in connection with the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, a senator and former top police official has said.
Senator Panfilo Lacson told reporters on Tuesday that law enforcers should also defend themselves if the suspects fight back during anti-drug operations.
“Imposible ‘yung sinasabi niyang (Robredo) zero killings kasi situational yun eh,” Lacson said.
“Hindi mo puwedeng ipangakong walang mamamatay kasi mas maraming mamamatay sa law enforcement.”
The senator was reacting to Vice President Leni Robredo’s earlier remark that she wanted to lead a drug war with less killings, as she assumes her new job as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
“Killing is not part of our plan because that is outside the bounds of the rule of law. That is my directive,” she said in an earlier interview.
“But my message to them is clear: this war against illegal drugs will continue with the same vigor, with the same intensity, with the same strength,” she added.
Based on latest police data, the Duterte administration-backed war on drugs has killed 6,600 illegal drug suspects since it was launched in July 2016.
Human rights groups and opposition senators, however, claim that the tally could be between 12,000 and 20,000. (Winona Sadia / MM)