In a press conference in Cebu Saturday (Jan. 14), Robredo noted there have been reports on killings that do not seem to be connected to the anti-drug campaign.
“Kung nababasa natin, naririnig ang mga kuwento ngayon, napakaraming lumalabas na kuwento na pinatay hindi naman konektado dito. Ang ginagawa lang na dahilan ang droga dahil dito,” she said.
The Vice President expressed concern that the rule of law in the country seems to be fading fast as other crimes— such as the so-called “tokhang for ransom”— are happening in the name of stamping out illegal drugs.
“Talagang nakakabahala ito. Nakakabahala in a sense na parang nawawala na, iyong rule of law nawawala na,” she said.
“Parang kahit sino puwede nang ilagay ang batas sa kanilang kamay, hindi na sinususunod ang procedures,” Robredo added.
The Vice President said she does not believe that violence is crucial to solving the country’s drug problem. With so many killings occurring, however, she is concerned that the use of force is contributing to the “prevalent” culture of hate and violence in society.
“Ito maraming bombahan, patayan, lahat ito kabit-kabit. Parang dahil nangyayari siya, dahil hinahanapan ng paraan, baka iyong mensahe na binibigay niya, binibigyan niya ng lisensya, binibigyan ng lisensya ang tao na mag-resort sa violence,” she said.
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