Senate opposition to Duterte: Violence will not eradicate drug abuse
The Senate opposition bloc hopes that concerned government officials will be “enlightened” and realize that violence and bloodshed is not the way to address drug use.
The Senate minority group is composed of Franklin Drilon, Kiko Pangilinan, Sonny Trillanes, Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros and detained Leila de Lima.
The group on Saturday expressed support the Catholic bishops’ move to mark November 5 as “Lord Heal Our Land Sunday” which aims to gather and pray for a stop in the killings linked to the administration’s war on drugs.
“Together, we lend our united voice and will join the faithful in prayers for justice for the victims of extra-judicial killings (EJKs),” they said in a statement.
“We hail this timely and significant effort of our prelates to go out and inspire action from Filipinos to speak out against injustice and violence through a peaceful gathering,” they said.
They added, “We hope the united prayers of the prelates and the faithful will stir the inner voice of our leaders and those who kill the helpless to stop wasting lives and mend their ways.”