Palawan congressmen, reacting to a public outcry against the killing by policemen of the 17-year old Kian Lloyd delos Santos in Caloocan last week, called on authorities to observe due process and respect human rights in the implementation of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
Rep Franz “Chicoy” Alvarez, 1st district Palawan, said that while he remains supportive of the Duterte administration’s campaign against drugs, the rights of every individual must be observed by authorities who are in the forefront of the campaign.
“Sumusuporta tayo sa war on drugs pero hindi ibig sabihin nun tatapakan na lang ang karapatan ng bawat mamamayan. Dapat observe pa rin ang rights ng bawat tao,” Alvarez said.
Rep. Gil P. Acosta, 3rd district Palawan, urged authorities to observe due process in the conduct of its anti drugs operations.
“Ako ay full support to what the president is doing na talagang mabura na sa lipunan ang iligal na droga. Pero huwag naman sa punto na basta na lang papatayin ang mga suspected drug users at drug pushers. Mayroong tamang pamamaraan and due process must be observed as mandated by the constitution,” Acosta said.
“War on drugs is very popular with Filipino people. But those implementing it should do it with due process. All those responsible for illegal acts should be prosecuted,” said Congressman Frederick Abueg of the second district.
The Palawan congressmen said they will actively participate in any congressional investigation on the delos Santos killing.
A public uproar was sparked when a CCTV footage of the incident showed the victim being dragged by policemen before he was shot. Authorities had claimed that the victim was armed and had resisted arrest.
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