The Culture of Death: Extra-judicial Killings in the Philippines
The nation has been warned about the executions amongst people who are involved in drug-related activities the time the name Rodrigo Duterte ran for the 2016 presidential elections, before he took office on month-end June 2016. It started from the words the President has said and it was brought to life since then he took the power to rule the nation that terror amongst the hearts of the Filipinos began to kindle. Statements from the president about fattening the fishes in Manila Bay through feeding the maritime species of hundreds up to thousands of dead criminal bodies is a very strong statement that invoked vigilante activities on the streets and roused the fear amongst the said target population. At first, it was a very appealing rhetoric for the people but as people recall the statement in the times of now, it causes us fear of whom shall be the next victim of EJK. During the first few months, hundreds have already been killed including innocent victims.
Lately, I have heard from the news about a senior high school student being killed prior to proper judgment by two policemen in a dark alley in one of the streets of Manila. Since then, I reduced my number of trips to Manila and decided to go home early. Every time I see a policeman there is now something inside me that cautions me whether they are truly defending the Filipinos or rouges to the league of improper executory practitioners. Who could be the next one? Whose family is going to weep next? Let us not implement nor promote the culture of death. The victims may or may not be blood-related or connected to us, still, we are all potential victims.
© 2017 Daì Jié