Duterte hits Church silence on killing rampage of drug addicts
President Rodrigo Duterte expressed dismay on Friday on the silence of the Church and human rights groups on massacres committed by drug addicts.
The President recalled the infamous Bulacan massacre to drive his point:
“Namatay ‘yung limang pamilya sa Bulacan, pati ‘yung batang one-year-old, pinakialaman pa, tinusok sa dibdib. Wala akong narinig, and you were there. You were all here… wala akong narinig na outrage ng pari o human rights,” he said in a speech during the 11th founding anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command in Davao City.
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The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and various human rights groups have been critical of the administration’s brutal war on drugs.
Condemnation of the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs became more evident after the death of 17-year old Kian Loyd delos Santos who was killed in an anti-drug operation in Caloocan City.
Aside from victims of drug addicts, the President also mentioned how government troops were risking their lives in the fight against terrorism.
“Pag na… ang Marines dun, napatayan ako ng 9, 10, wala man lang magsabi na kaawa ‘yung mga sundalo natin, paano ‘yung mga pamilya? May mga anak ‘yan,” he said.
As of 7 p.m. of August 31, 136 government troops were killed in action while battling homegrown Maute terrorists in Marawi City.