An official of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines wasn’t able to hold back his criticism on President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech during his third State of the Nation Address last July 23.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, vice-president of CBCP, particularly took notice of the response of Duterte to human rights advocates and religious leaders that continue to criticize his administration’s war on illegal drugs.
“Your concern is human rights, mine is human lives,” Duterte said during his SONA at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City.
David agreed that the full force of the law should be implemented against illegal drug pushers and users, however, they shouldn’t be killed.
The Catholic priest added that they are in favor of the government’s ‘war on drugs’ but the campaign should be targeted against bigtime drug suppliers, and not just against poor drug users.
David also questioned the continuous proliferation of illegal drugs in the Philippines, even if the government has intensified their campaign against it.