By: Elena Grace Flores
Writing this to make Filipinos aware that President Rodrigo Duterte’s drastic actions towards suspected illegal drug criminals like announcing their names in public will not be tolerated under International Law that Philippines signed up for. Local laws might be revised to accommodate his ways given that he is now becoming powerful in congress as well as in the senate – but the eyes of foreign lawmakers under the United Nations is now on him. He should not be over confident in pursuing his drastic actions. Yes, we knew that he does not want to stay longer as president but at least, he should make it proper for the next one to assume office. His clean up drive is making the country look even more dirty and dangerous.
As per Wikipedia’s description: “In many states, presumption of innocence is a legal right of the accused in a criminal trial, and it is also regarded as an international human right under the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11. The burden of proof is thus on the prosecution, which has to collect and present enough compelling evidence to convince the trier of fact, who is restrained and ordered by law to consider only actual evidence and testimony that is legally admissible, and in most cases lawfully obtained, that the accused is guilty beyond reasonable doubt. If reasonable doubt remains, the accused is to be acquitted.” Read here to know more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presumption_of_innocence
Every life is important no matter how bad a criminal is. The “shoot to kill order” to the police on grounds of “self defense” can easily be twisted. Authorities should continue to exercise high tolerance before resorting to killing anyone. Libelous announcements of alleged criminals should also be stopped – because it will affect not only the accused but their whole family including innocent children. We do not want this country to be the nation for angry citizens, please help in urging the president to exercise humanitarian principles when performing his duties!