Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan urged the public to take a stand on the killings of alleged drug personalities that has been happening in the country, emulating what American singer-songwriter James Taylor did.
“James Taylor has taken a strong stand against summary executions in the Philippines’ ‘war’ against drugs. We all should. Stop the killings,” Pangilinan said in his Facebook and twitter accounts.
“Over 6,000 have been killed since July 2016 according to police data. The killings must end, drug addicts must be given the chance to be rehabilitated and this government must go after those behind the more than 4,000 vigilante murders committed since then,” he added.
Taylor, in announcing the cancellation of his Manila concert slated on Feb., cited “recent reports from the Philippines of summary executions of suspected offenders without trial or judicial process.”
These reports are “deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law,” he added.
Pangilinan earlier appealed to stop the alleged killings of drug suspects after survey results of Social Weather Station (SWS) showed that 78% of Filipinos are worried that they or someone they know may end up being among the victims of extrajudicial killings in the country.
The poll results, he said, is proof that people do not feel safe in the streets and the only way to address this is to stop the killings.