Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin urged human rights advocates not to make sweeping criticisms on the thousands of fatalities as extrajudicial killings carried out by the police in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war.
Bersamin stressed that each criminal charge arising from the war on
drugs deserves separate attention.
“Itong war on drugs, hindi pwedeng sabihin na lalahatin because each
case has specific facts and backgrounds,” Bersamin told reporters.
Bersamin said the court would continue to go after outlaws, including
rogue policemen who break the law, and added that the judiciary
continues to support the executive department’s campaign against
“You know we have always been very clear of police agencies as being
held to task if they violate (the law). Ang problema kasi sa law on
drugs is there are two sides, one the side of the government and the
side of the victim or whoever gets killed in the action,” Bersamin
“These cases usually end up in court so we cannot make a total
approach,” Bersamin noted. (PNA)