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Extrajudicial violence can be an expression of 'mistrust in a corrupted justice system'

Philippine Catholic network joins call to stop killings

Church and human rights groups light candles in Manila to dramatize calls for an end to the spate of killings of suspected illegal drug users and dealers. (Photo by Vincent Go) reporter, Manila

October 17, 2016

The social action network of the Philippine Catholic bishops has added its voice to calls for a stop to the spate of drug-related killings in the country.

In a statement titled "Respect the Dignity of Life," the network of religious, priests, and laypeople from 86 dioceses called on President Rodrigo Duterte "to put a stop to extrajudicial violence."

Almost 4,000 suspected drug users and dealers have been killed since Duterte declared an all-out war against illegal drugs when he assumed office on June 30.

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