By Hannah Torregoza
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday expressed outrage over the recent death of a three-year-old girl who was caught in a drug buy-bust operation in Rizal.
De Lima said the fact that President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on illegal drugs has claimed another innocent life should not be ignored.
“Isang buhay na naman ang nasayang at nadagdag sa mga libu-libong inosenteng biktima na nagbuwis ng buhay sa huwad na kampanyang ito ng pamahalaan na walang kinahinatnan, (Another innocent life has been added to the thousands of innocent lives that were also lost because of this fake war on drugs),” de Lima lamented.
De Lima was referring to Myka Dolorfino who died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head when she was used as human shield by her father, Renato Dolorfina, on June 29.
De Lima has repeatedly dubbed the government’s war on drugs as a mere sham and a complete failure as it failed to arrest the entry of illegal drugs into the country and led to the deaths of thousands of Filipinos, mostly coming from the poor.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has claimed that 6,600 suspects were killed in around 153,000 police operations since the government campaign against illegal drugs started. But the senator noted there were around 25,000 killings categorized under “homicide under investigation.”
At the same time, De Lima scored the PNP for bragging that the government is winning the war on drugs, saying PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde obviously made such declaration to justify the brutal killings under the Duterte administration.
“They conveniently set aside the fact that innocents continue to die because of this murderous drug war,” she said pointing to Ulpina as the latest casualty.
Ulpina, she said, joined the list of innocent children who died in the administration’s war on drugs, like four year-old Skyler Abatayo, five year old Danica May Garcia and 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos.
“Kung panalo ang pakahulugan nila sa salitang ‘palpak’, talagang magpapatuloy pa ang araw-araw na patayan, hindi titigil ang pagkitil sa mga walang kalaban-laban…(If they believe success is the meaning of failure, then we can expect the killings to happen every day. They will not stop at killing those who are defenseless),” she said.
“Matauhan at makonsensya naman sana sila sa kahibangang ito (I hope they come to their senses and be stricken by their conscience from this madness),” she said.