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Ateneo profs slam Duterte for unleashing ‘state terror’ upon Filipinos: Culture of impunity a threat to our virtues

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Several professors of the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) have denounced the latest spate of drug-related killings after the death of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd Delos Santos.

The concerned faculty members of ADMU expressed their condemnation for the extrajudicial killings in a statement Monday (August 21), citing Amnesty International’s report saying the bloody campaign is reaching “new depths of barbarity.”

“We denounce the state terror that President Duterte is unleashing upon the citizenry. The culture of violent impunity that he instigates is a threat to the fundamental virtues that bind us as a nation,” the statement read.

ADMU’s educators said it was shuddering to think that the estimated 12,000 drug suspects who have been killed since Duterte assumed office last year were “summarily executed without access to their legal rights.”

As members of a Jesuit institution, the faculty members said they support deliberation, fairness, care and justice.

“We therefore demand an end to the carnage that has created a climate of fear, lawlessness and abuse. We call on people of conscience to join us in demanding the restoration of the rule of law and the cessation of the arbitrary use of brute force against the most vulnerable sectors of our community: the poor, the ill and the innocent,” they said.

Over five dozen faculty members of ADMU have signed the statement as of Monday.

Delos Santos’ death has drawn widespread condemnation from various sectors of society as the police account on why he was killed differ from the surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts.

Police claimed the teenager shot at them while trying to esclape but surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts show otherwise.

Last week, about 90 people were killed in anti-drug operations in Metro Manila and Bulacan.