Issue of July 9, 2017
     
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Of morality and extrajudicial killings
GELINE JANAH LUMAGUE, Baguio City

As a Catholic student and as a citizen of this country, I surely have a lot to say about extrajudicial killings.

Is extrajudicial killing the only answer to lessen crime in our country?

As humans, do we really have to go this far just to make things right? Killing is against the law. But what can we do if killings continue without the suspects being brought to justice?

Nowadays, extrajudicial killings are evident in our country. Let me share my thoughts on this.

Extrajudicial killing violates the right of every individual to due process.

Reports of extrajudicial killings in many parts of the country are being linked to the government’s war on drugs. People linked to illegal drugs are mostly reported victims of extrajudicial killings.

Yes, illegal drugs can destroy one’s life, but ending one’s life who is linked to illegal drugs is not the solution. It worsens the situation big time.

Only God has the right to take life back. So, for me, extrajudicial killing is just another action depicting injustice and inhumanity.

Killing is wicked. Judging people by their way of life or by their mistakes is indecent. Dictating what should be done with people’s lives is unethical. Hurting people without considering their weaknesses is immorality.

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