Sen Risa Hontiveros Slams President Duterte on ‘Criminals Have No Humanity’ Statement vs HRW Report

Senator Risa Hontiveros criticized President Rodrigo Duterte on his statement, saying that “Criminals have no humanity.” According to her, the president has no right to say who among the Filipino people have no humanity. President Duterte said this statement as response to the latest report of international group Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“President Duterte was elected as chief executive to run a country according to the basic tenets of human rights, he must do that towards all citizens without exception.” Sen. Hontiveros said in a statement, posted at her official Facebook page, Friday, March 3, as she sided with the HRW report, saying that his war on drugs is a war against humanity.

“President Duterte must understand that humanity and/or the right to human dignity is inviolable. This government must respect and safeguard the dignity of the human person; the right of each and everyone to human dignity is the basis of many inalienable rights and the foundation of freedom, justice and peace.” The Akbayan lady senator added.

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“President Duterte’s war on drugs is not based on the people’s right to human dignity. It is inhumane, abusive, and corrupt. It kills many innocent lives and leaves hundreds of orphans in its wake. Its actors are protected from accountability. It is distorted into murder in the guise of law enforcement.” Hontiveros said, who is also inclined with the Liberal Party (LP).

“When you kill criminals, it is not a crime against humanity. The criminals have no humanity. Iyong namatay during encounters, of course, I answer for them. I hold myself legally responsible.” President Duterte said in an ambush interview in Cebu this Thursday, shortly after the groundbreaking of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.

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Credit: Senator Risa Hontiveros Facebook

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In the HRW report titled “Licensed to Kill,” it said that President Duterte and the Department of Justice (DOJ) could be held accountable for the so-called EJKs (extra-judicial killings) across the country, in line with his intensified campaign against drugs. The same report said that police plant fake evidences beside the dead bodies of drug suspects.

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