Stop the Killings, Justice for Kian

Kian Lloyd Delos Santos. Photo by Ezra Acayan

Letter to the Editor:

The cold-blooded killing of Kian Loyd Delos Santos, 17 year old and a Grade 11 student, by police officers in Brgy. 160 in Caloocan City is yet another proof that shows how those in power – with guns and the capacity to distort the truth with planted evidence and a staged crime scene – completely disregard the right to life of the poor, in the course of and fully emboldened by Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs.

The Duterte administration has launched the full scale use of State violence to resolve a problem that involves more than a quickfix “Kill, Kill, Kill” solution. Pools of blood of innocents like Delos Santos and that of the poor not accorded with their rights to due process have been spilled, yet there is no end in sight for the actual resolution of the problems spawned by the illegal drug trade. What has spiralled instead is the sheer brazenness of State forces to commit murder in broad daylight, backed up by the President’s promise that he will protect them from prosecution and punishment. What has flourished instead is the climate of impunity in the land.

Delos Santos and the thousands of poor people killed in this psychopathic drug war are victims of State terror and of the government’s incapacity to address the longstanding problems of poverty. They are not victims of some rogue cops. They are victims of a State-sponsored campaign against the poor.

The killings should stop. All those who committed, ordered, endorsed and are complicit in the said human rights violations, including Pres. Duterte himself, should be made accountable. It is through upholding the rights of the people, especially social and economic rights, that the root causes of poverty and social problems can be thoroughly addressed.

Cristina Palabay
Secretary General, Karapatan
2F Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City


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