Justice for Kian Loyd Delos Santos appears to be as boring as justice for EJK victims. Nobody is certain how justice may be served despite “sensationalized” clamor from mountains to seas. As a look into the Kian’s case soon to unfold and may eventually bare the truth that anybody may either certainly believe it or not, the death of a Grade 11 student, Kian, may only bolster the need to rather strengthen the “war on drugs” that President Duterte has kept on warning us that the problem on drugs in the Philippines has already been penetrating even to the younger and most corruptible fiber and marginalized sector in the society—the youth.
Kian Loyd Delos Santos is no different from the rest of various operations and “TokHang” victims or casualties. Death has fallen into them in a manner nobody may like it. They differ only by age, yet they deserve the same call that the rest of us today have reason to become united for—justice.
The death of Kian isn’t new in Duterte administration’s war on drugs. With varied reported numbers of casualties every day, Kian’s death is an addition to extra-judicial killing or EJK trend in the Philippines that has earned so much of a publicity under Duterte administration.
What happened to a 17-year old Kian may happen to one of us. Duterte administration, though has been trying hard to bring about success to its war on drugs, is getting nearer to the gate of a failed state of leadership in its flagship campaign against drugs in the Philippines.
However monstrous the face of Duterte’s war on drugs for Filipinos and abroad audiences, Kian’s death amplifies the worsening fate of the Filipino youths on the drug problems in the country. It strengthens the necessity of enforcement of the war on drugs before most of the younger generation be fallen prey to prohibited drugs.▲
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