I was busy surfing the net when I noticed a news article that was posted on the ABS-CBN News website last September 3, 2016. I was alarmed by the fact that a four-year-old child named Althea Fhem Barbon — the youngest casualty of the nationwide drug campaign — was accidentally killed during a sting drug operation after members of the Guihulngan City police targeted her father, a suspected drug dealer.
It is quite disheartening to know that extrajudicial killings exist. I understand that President Rodrigo Duterte has his tough stand against crime and drugs to clean the streets by punishing those drug pushers, drug users, syndicates and want-to-be criminals. I also understand that there are many people who are counting on him in making our country a safer place for the future of our families.
I am not against President Duterte’s stand against illegal drugs and criminality, besides, he has a lot of commendable ways in cracking down violence and criminality that I even support such as conducting strict checkpoints all over the country, imposing curfew on minors by 10 o’clock in the evening and karaoke night sessions by 9 o’clock in the evening, and prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m. and etc.
However, I think there are better ways to curb illegal drugs and criminality here in our country than the felonious killings that has no sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. With this, most of us ironically end up fearing for our lives instead of living in a safer environment.
Reaped from the 10 Commandments of God, the fifth commandant states that “Thou shall not kill.” An act of killing or the word itself — kill, is not appropriate and a bad thing whether the one who did it is in a higher position, has a mission order or has made it by accident. Drug misuse is already punishable and killing, which is considered as a solution, is also a punishable act. A mistake can never be corrected by another mistake. As quoted by Ayn Rand, “The end does not justify the means. No one’s right cannot be secured by the violation of the rights of others.”
Moreover, rampant killings in our society violates our human rights. As stated in the , Article III, Sec.1, “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without , nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.”
Do we really need to entail extrajudicial methods? We all dream to have a safer and better place to live in. We want all means of criminality in our country to be suppressed. What had happened to the late innocent Althea Fhem Barbon, is an eye opener to all of us. Innocent people are being affected. For sure, there has to be other ways of cracking down illegal drugs and criminality in our society with the sanction of any judicial proceeding or legal process. Extrajudicial method is not the best way to solve it. We need to do something about it especially if safety in our family, surroundings and in ourselves is what we are really talking about.