Foot sol­diers­be­ware

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

THE con­vic­tion of three street-level cops for the mur­der of Kian delos San­tos should stand as a warn­ing to state forces that they are not beyond the law; more im­por­tantly, we hope it will act like a splin­ter of truth to be lodged in the con­science of sol­diers and cops through­out the ar­chi­pel­ago.

In the danger­ous and deadly schemes of Pres­i­dent Duterte, the en­tire coun­try will lose. Duterte’s so-called “War on Drugs”or other sim­i­lar killing sprees must be met with sober eval­u­a­tion: will we, as a na­tion, fol­low the path of evil?

This is an es­sen­tial mo­ment for po­lice of­fi­cers and sol­diers to ex­am­ine their con­science and their humanity. The rule of law must be fol­lowed. To step beyond this is to com­mit mur­der. But even more, our col­lec­tive humanity and essence as a peo­ple is at stake.

Con­tin­u­ing to fol­low the path of wan­ton mur­der and vi­cious blood­shed is to damn your­selves and gen­er­a­tions to come. Chil­dren of your vic­tims will grow up as or­phans: the in­ten­si­fied poverty will plunge them into even more dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances. Your own chil­dren will be af­fected by the blood on your hands, with deep-reach­ing stains.

We must choose a bet­ter way. Ad­dress­ing the roots of poverty and drug use is es­sen­tial to bring heal­ing in our land. We should re­sist the calls for blood­shed and an­ni­hi­la­tion and in­sist on up­right ad­her­ence to due process and re­spect for the life and dig­nity for ev­ery Filipino. In re­ject­ing war and killing, we in­stead em­brace a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for heal­ing and peace­build­ing in our coun­try.

On this day, when three po­lice of­fi­cers have been con­victed for mur­der, let it set­tle into your mind: should you pro­ceed to make a deal with the devil and con­tinue your killings, the con­se­quences of this hell will await you. — Rise Up for Life

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