• Sen. Leila De Lima claims that Pres. Duterte’s “war on drugs” looks exactly like a prelude to Martial Law without the formal declaration
  • She noted that Duterte’s intensive anti-drug campaign leads to the disempowerment of the people
  • She reiterated her opposition against suggestions to set aside the rising death toll in exchange for safety against drugs

Known as a vocal critic of drug-related killings, Sen. Leila de Lima claimed that President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” is shaping up to be a martial law “without the formal declaration.”

The lady senator said the administration’s intensive anti-drug drive is leading to “the disempowerment of the people,” an article written by Rose-An Jessica Dioquino on GMA News Online disclosed.

Justifying her claim, De Lima said under Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, “the government can look into your private affairs and ‘visit’ you in your homes, even without any probable cause, without any search warrant, without any report or complaint against you or anyone of you in your households.”

As such, De Lima, who led a Senate investigation on the spate of drug-related killings, slammed the Philippine National Police for its door-to-door campaign at gated communities.

The former justice secretary also reiterated her opposition against suggestions to set aside the rising death toll in exchange for safety against drugs.

She noted that the Philippines is now under scrutiny and international attention because of Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs and the string of killings being linked to it.

“We are just reminding this government that outside this country, there is still such a thing as a civilized world that is bound by international law and by common principles of human rights. And they are watching us,” De Lima was quoted saying.

Based on a report revealed by PNP chief Dir. Gen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, 929 suspected drug users and traffickers have been killed in police operations from July 1 to August 31.

The PNP chief also mentioned that there are 1,507 “reported deaths” in the administration’s anti-drug offensive.