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    Striking message of a writer from New York University: Do not ASK US to stop the drug war just because there are evil policemen

    In the past few days, a controversy boomed out involving a 17-year old male shot dead after an operation conducted by police authorities. According to the police, the minor who was allegedly involved into drug operations, was armed and consequently exchanged fire with the authorities which soon led to his death.

    The family however, claimed otherwise back-upped with a CCTV showing their son, named Kian, being seized by two police officers hours before the incident occurred. While the investigation is still ongoing, many Filipinos had already put the blame onto President Duterte.

    Notwithstanding the allegations and bruited accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte, Krizette Laureta Chu, a well-known writer who also studied Publishing at New York University, posted an expository Facebook post emphasizing that Duterte does not deserve to be blamed over the “mistake” committed by some of his police men. According to Chu, the President had given his police officers the discretion to perform their duties with utmost authority yet, she emphasized, that Duterte does not tolerate abuse of power. Police officers guilty of this are, therefore, bound to face legal consequences they rightfully deserve.

    To further establish the premise of her post, Chu affixed two screen shots of a past news article involving a 16 year-old drug pusher who killed a pregnant woman thereby killing the unborn fetus. According to Chu, on either case, age does not guarantee a person’s innocence.

    “Kian was 17. The drug pusher who killed this pregnant woman and her unborn child is 16. The three policemen who killed Kian should answer for their crimes, just as the 16 year old who killed this woman and her baby should answer for his.” stated Krizette Chu.

    “Para sa lahat na ginagamit ang edad ni Kian, do not use age as presumption of innocence. Do not use age to excuse criminality. Should we excuse the 16 year old because of his age? Is it not possible to be a drug runner and pusher before you hit voting age?” she added.

    To establish that the President indeed does not tolerate abuse of authority among his ranks police officers, Chu cited one particular statement earlier given by President Duterte in one of his speeches which says: "I will back you if you do your job. But if you abuse it, there will be hell to pay."

    “I believe that under Duterte more policemen have reformed. If he wasn't the President, fresh graduate pa lang, siguradong corrupt at abusado na…He has given our policemen and military a sheen of respectability and nobility that has not been accorded them since before Marcos took over,” Chu claimed pointing out the significant change Duterte had caused into the police and military imagery of our country. 

    Yet she Krizette Chu also asserted that: “There will [always] be evil policemen-- sa 12 apostles may isa ngang Hudas--and the ninja cops have to be punished severely.” 

    Chu then acknowledged that the Senate actually has an obligation or a role to perform to help address these issues. She also claimed that for a very long time, many Filipinos had died in the hands of drug pushers and addicts and having several policemen committing mistakes does not establish a concrete ground to stop the president’s earnest and pure intention to cleanse the country from its drug-induced menaces. 

    “Where do we go from here? Ask our Senate to push for laws that require body cams for policemen doing operations, and punish those who abuse their authority. Do not ASK US to stop the drug war just because there are evil policemen. Too many Filipinos have died at the hands of drug pushers and addicts, and we did not fight for them,” Chu claimed.

    “For many years, for many many many years, we kept quiet and allowed these drug pushers to run rampant. We allowed them to abuse the poor, exploit the weak, pay off our judges in their favor, corrupt our men in uniform, rape our women and children, kill our elderly, rob us of things we worked hard for,” she added.

    As a piece of advice, Chu expressed her two-cents regarding how the senate, which is one of the major legislative bodies in the country, should work and function for the welfare and security of each and every Filipino.

    “You [referring to the members of the Senate] do not cut off your nose to spite your face. Fix the loopholes--that's what LEGISLATIVE is for (and not merely to give statements to the press just to make sure they have sound bites for election recall) and allow this government (teach them, lecture them, push them, make them accountable) to protect us--FOR THE FIRST TIME--from the evils of drugs and everyone it corrupts,” Chu concluded.

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