War on Drugs should uphold due process

Baguio City— Tongtongan Ti Umili-Cordillera Peoples Alliance expresses concern over the recent “drug-related killings” in the city. Last September 22, manicurist Chona Mapili was shot dead at Hangar Market while doing her job by an unidentified gunmen, after recently surrendering to the PNP.  Prior this, an alleged pusher was also shot dead last September 9 near his residence by unidentified gunmen.

“We are alarmed by the killings in the city. We reiterate that people should not be killed, whether they are drug pushers or not. Due process must be followed” stated Tracy Anne Dumalo, secretary general of TTU-CPA.

The group is calling on the local government of Baguio to protect the lives of its citizens and conduct necessary steps to put a stop to these killings. Up to present, there are already 13 alleged drug pushers killed in the city, following the Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP. According to TTU-CPA, the war on drug of the government must not be used to justify the killings in the country and the city.

“Being a drug pusher or user does not warrant death as a punishment. There is no longer a difference if a suspect surrenders to the authorities or not since they are killed all the same. Drug lords should be actively investigated, and not just the small pushers that they employ. The local government must do its duty to protect the lives of ALL its citizens, investigate killings and put a stop to it. We reiterate that every citizen deserves due process” ended Dumalo.###

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