Saturday, July 30, 2016

The notion of 'extrajudicial killing' is oxymoronic!

What bothers me about the position of certain lawyers against "extrajudicial killings" is that it is not based on evidence.

Blaming the PNP for all the killings without evidence is unfair to our men in uniform.

I also dislike the label "extrajudicial." Why not just call them "killings?" Only lawyers know that "extrajudicial" doesn't mean anything except "outside of court". But the common man who hasn't studied law understands "extrajudicial" to mean that it was the government's act that was made without having to resort to a court of law. It taints the reputation of our law enforcers.

But in a highly politicized environment like right now, labels are important to advocates regardless of the backlash to our institutions.

If you are against the killings, say so, but do not call them "extrajudicial" unless you have evidence that government agents made them. It misleads the people and misinforms them.

PM Dizon as posted on Facebook:

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