BALANGA CITY: Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos on Friday called for a stop to vigilante killings of suspected drug offenders, describing such killings as wrong.
“The campaign against illegal drugs must be done without giving rise to a mentality that extra-judicial killing is acceptable. Vigilante killing is wrong because it puts justice outside the law,” the prelate said.
Santos, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, issued the call in reaction to the vigilante style of drug-related killings nationwide.
He urged respect for life and dignity of every human being, pointing to laws that make justice available to all.
“I am afraid that such an environment [of vigilante killings]is not healthy for peace because it uses violence that is outside the law,” the bishop added.
ERNIE B. ESCONDE