Judging the Killings: Not to Blame Duterte but Sum up the Truth
Judging with fairness and justice is based on facts, reality, and logic. History will testify that among those difficult cases being resolved by human justice, most frequently, logic, reality and facts contribute together to sum up what the truth is.
The fact is, there were two babies, one was dead and one was alive. There were two women claiming to be the biological mother of the living baby. To solve and to render judgment in the seemingly difficult case, Solomon used logic.
I KINGS 3:16-28
16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.
17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.
18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.
19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.
20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.
21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spoke before the king.
23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.
24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.
25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.
26 Then spoke the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.
27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.
28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
There is an international outcry about what are allegedly extra-judicial killings in Duterte's war against illicit drugs. I say "allegedly" because these are not considered a fact.
Meanwhile, may I remind the media to be careful in their use of words. "Extra-judicial killings" must mean that the ones doing the killings are people in power!
It is most certainly lopsided to term "extra-judicial killing" in killings done by the criminals themselves!
How unfair it can be to attribute all the killings that happened since May 10 of this year to the administration of the seating President. Journalists must practice a sense of delicadeza in attributing to anybody any wrongdoing in society. Personally, I believe that all the killings that started since May 10 must not be imputed on the Duterte administration.
It is constitutionally clear and precise that Duterte took the reigns of power only on the last day of June of this year. How could anyone in his proper state of logic, conscience and mind, think that those who were killed in the last regime are to be blamed on the government of President Duterte? Isn’t this the implication we get from reports of both local and international press today? If one cannot reckon the beginning – and the time boundaries - very certainly he cannot also be sure of what will be the end.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
There are many avenues that can be considered in order to arrive at the surest point of justice and equity. Surely the shortest line between two distances is between two exact points that run as straight as possible from one to the other.
A point to start with is, could it be that criminals who are being hunted now by the Duterte administration are killing one another in order to protect their own interest!?
Could it be that there are killings that happened mainly because the police enforcers are trying to defend the constitution, or the order of their commander-in-chief, and their own lives!?
Could it be that there are those who run amok because there is no future for their vices and illegal activities under the Duterte administration? And could it be that they just wanted to implicate others, even the innocent!?
If the answer to all these questions is yes, then it is illogical to blame and count the numbers of those who were killed and have died from May 10 to this day to the Duterte administration. How stupid can one be!!! How could you lump the numbers and attribute it to one and only one cause? Worse, you go forward and term them as “extra-judicial killings.”
We know scientifically and logically that drug addicts are persons considered to be out of control, even by themselves. One way to help them is to show them and make them taste a blow from the arm of the law. I repeat: show them and make them taste a blow from the arm of the law.
If they will see that pushers and users are being prosecuted and not tolerated, they would think twice in pursuing their vices that are most certainly stupid. Punishment is a deterrent to crime.
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
We have a very strong fiber in the fabric of Philippine jurisprudence that is called "human rights." It is also a part of the law of the land that while there are clear clauses that protect animals, there is no law or section nor article in the constitution that provides that to protect animal life, we have to sacrifice the life of a human being.
In the Bible, there are people who cannot be considered humans to enjoy human rights, let alone, convicted drug lords and pushers!
II PETER 2:12
But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
More to come.