Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sen. Hontiveros insists that Duterte has policy on drug deaths

Senator Risa Hontiveros is stubborn and determined to convince the public that President Rodrigo Duterte has put in place a state policy mandating drug deaths.

I am not a genius but I know that while two deaths do not make a policy, thousands of dead, without remorse, regret, or action from the government, do. Eight thousand to 13,000 people have already died in this bloody war on drugs, mostly from the ranks of the poor,” she said.

When Hontiveros earlier issued such claims, it only compelled Duterte to call her “stupid” for thinking of the illegal drug wars that way.

Let’s say it’s murder. I ask Hontiveros, is that already a policy? Is that a baseline policy? She is so stupid,” Duterte said.

But the senator shrugged it off and continued to parade the idea of a policy on drug deaths.

The President, quite expectedly, even launched a verbal assault against me, calling me ‘bobo,’” the senator said. “Ang libong mga namatay ay hindi bunga ng aksidente. May intensyon, may nagdikta, may sistema at polisiya sa likod ng mga patayan,” she said.

Hontiveros further believes that Duterte’s tirades encourage more drug deaths.

Through his words and endless provocation, President (Rodrigo) Duterte set into motion the killing of thousands. He has smeared the image of the police force. He inspired this culture of killing and impunity,” she said.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) were reprimanded by Hontiveros which she believes has fostered a culture of killing under the current administration.

I call on the honest and selfless rank-and-file members and leaders of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help us stop this climate of death. I am not unfamiliar with the police community. I am a PNP widow. I know many of you are honorable and patriotic. I know many of you have worked hard to professionalize the police force. I know many of you are hurting from the actions of a few corrupt and abusive within your ranks,” said Hontiveros.

Source: Inquirer


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