Nakakabahala! UP profs condemn killings of Kian, Carl, Kulot: They’re proof of police brutality
Professors from the University of the Philippines Diliman have condemned the recent killings of three teenagers, as they expressed alarm at the looming authoritarian rule that may be imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement, the UP Diliman Council said it is bothered by the continued spate of drug-related killings in the country.
“Ipinapahayag namin ang aming pagkapoot dahil sa nangyaring pagpaslang kina Kian Loyd de los Santos, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, Reynaldo De Guzman at iba pang kabataan at mahihirap na mamamayan. Ang kanilang kamatayan ay repleksyon ng brutal na pamamaraan ng mga alagad ng batas, na higit pang hinihikayat ng proteksyon at retorika ng Pangulo na nagpapairal sa kawalan ng pananagutan at ligalig,” it said.
The Council said the government’s campaign against drugs should not target the poor, considering the meager resources they have to defend themselves.
The professors condemned the killing of drug suspects as a necessary evil, as well as the seeming disregard for human rights.
“Ipinahahayag namin ang aming lubos na pagkabahala sa pagguho ng mga demokratikong prinsipyo at sa nagbabantang awtoritaryan na pamamahala sa ating bansa, na nakikita sa kabi-kabilang pamamaslang kasunod ng deklarasyon ni Duterte ng malawakang pagsugpo sa droga at pagpapalawig ng batas militar sa Mindanao,” they said.
The 19-year-old Arnaiz was shot dead by the Caloocan City police after allegedly engaging in a shootout on August 18. The teenager, who was last seen in Cainta, Rizal, reportedly robbed a taxi driver along C-3 road.
Fourteen-year-old Reynaldo De Guzman, who was the last person seen with Arnaiz in their neighborhood, was found dead at a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ecija on September 6. His body bore several stab wounds while his head was wrapped in packaging tape and cloth.
Two days before Arnaiz’s alleged encounter with the police, 17-year-old Kian Loyd Delos Santos was shot dead by the Caloocan City police during anti-drug operations.
In light of the drug-related killings, the Council urged faculty members of UP Diliman to conduct more discussions and “teach-ins” for students and the public to be aware of human rights and learn to stand up against authoritarian rule.
“Kami, bilang mga guro ng UP, ay marapat na magsilbing mga mapanuring tinig upang ipaalala sa pamahalaan ang tungkulin nito para sa serbisyo, pagtaguyod sa kabutihan ng publiko, proteksyon at pangangalaga sa kagalingan ng mamamayan,” the professors said.