Law students hold vigil vs killings

LAW students from Baguio City and all over Benguet province held a candle lighting ceremony at the University of Baguio grounds on Wednesday night for the victims of extrajudicial killings in the country.

In the wake of the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos in Caloocan City, the students protested the extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by the police.

“We call our fellow law students to be on their toes and to be vigilant than ever. Embrace your duties as agents of law in the administration of justice and uphold the same,” a statement of the group said.

The law students added “we, the concerned law students of Baguio will light candles with the hopes that it will spread light during these dark times when impunity seems to cloud the very matter we sought so hard to learn and protect. More than just law students, we stand as agents of law in the administration of justice from the moment we set foot inside law school, and as agents, we bear the duties which every one of us must abide.”

“Our state security forces gullibly claim to be an isolated occurrence, is a clear manifestation on how defensive our state securities forces in their wrong doings. They even went the extra mile in justifying their wrongs by spreading information linking Kian as a drug peddler for his father, hoping to mislead the people of the real issue. But for the Law Students and the ever discerning public know too well that being linked as a drug peddler and an addict doesn’t warrant anyone, including our state security enforcers, to employ summary execution,” the statement said.

The students added “in times when the rule of law gets lambasted by no less than the agents of government themselves at the expense of innocent people’s lives, Law students are called upon to face the challenge to put their learning into practice by spreading their knowledge to empower the people."

"Law students should not cower and just subject themselves as mere spectators to the atrocities being done in front of their faces, more so that these atrocities are coupled with false propaganda misleading the people of the true spirit of the law," the statement added.


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