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Artists, celebrities demand halt of gov’t brutal war on drugs

The artists then called for an end to Duterte’s drug war, and demanded justice for the “thousands dead” in police operations and the “thousands more in summary executions.”

“We say: then there is no reason to believe in, or stand for, this war the President is waging,” they said.

“We call for an end to President Duterte’s war on drugs. We demand that those responsible for the thousands dead in official police operations and the thousands more in summary executions be brought to justice,” they added.

The group also said they unite with other sectors, nongovernment organizations, the few government agencies and fewer members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, who stood against the killings.

“We unite with all other sectors, non-government organizations, the few government agencies and fewer members of the House of Representatives and the Senate, that have taken a stand against the killings,” the artists said.

“We urge them to stand not just against the killing of the innocent and the young, but also against this war on drugs, given how it has been implemented, and its promise of thousands more dead.”

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Protesters gather on Edsa to condemn bloody war on drugs

On a rainy Monday, hundreds of protesters trooped to the People Power Monument to condemn the Duterte administration’s bloody and brutal war on drugs and to call for an “impartial” investigation on the killings that they said has reached “a tipping point” with the death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos.

Shamah Bulangis, secretary general of Akbayan Youth, said that the multi-sectoral gathering, attended mostly by the youth, was not only a way for them to show sympathy to the Delos Santos family but also to “show our outrage to what is going on” in the country.

Bulangis said that the government should immediately stop its war on drugs and go back to the drawing board, as the “youth are already being killed” – the sector that President Rodrigo Duterte sought to protect as he launched his brutal anti-drug campaign last year.

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‘Stop wasting human lives’: Catholic church speaks out against Duterte’s war on drugs

The Archbishop of Manila has spoken out against Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs following a week of deadly raids which saw over 80 people killed, including a 17-year-old boy.

“We knock on the consciences of those who kill even the helpless, especially those who cover their faces with bonnets, to stop wasting human lives,” Cardinal Luis Tagle said in a letter read at masses across Manila on Sunday, the Inquirer reported.

The Cardinal also called on “the consciences of those manufacturing and selling illegal drugs to stop this activity,” stressing the complexity of the issue with no one organization unable to claim they have the correct solution.

Calling for a joint response to the issue, he asked for government, police, faith-based communities, and recovering addicts to come together to find a solution.