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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Cebu Archbishop to gov't: Review war on drugs campaign

CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma condemns the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos.

The 68-year-old prelate also hopes that justice will be served for the senior high school student, who was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation in Caloocan City last week.

Delos Santos reportedly pleaded with the policemen before he was killed.

Palma said that while he continues to support the national government’s war against illegal drugs, he criticizes some of the procedures chosen by law enforcers, which he considers already “out of bounds.”

“We are saying this not because we oppose the war against drugs, but we oppose the way it was conducted,” Palma said.

Palma urged the national government to review its policies regarding the war against drugs.

“We know that while we may think that we can stop drug addiction, but we have also developed another culture, which is the culture of killing,” Palma added.

Today, 200 members of cause-oriented groups in Cebu will be gathering in downtown Cebu City to protest Delos Santos’s death.

Justine Balane of Akbayan Youth told SunStar Cebu said that the #SugboAlangKangKianParaKayKian activity will be a call to the national government to review its policy on the war against drugs.

Aside from Akbayan Youth, members of Akbayan, the Silent Majority, Union of Progressive Students and other cause-oriented groups will be attending the activity.

A candle-lighting ceremony will be conducted during the activity as a tribute to Delos Santos. (JKV)
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