“Why are these self-righteous talkatives silent when drug addicts killed their young, their parents, their relatives and even authorities, who sacrifice their lives to arrest these criminals, that wrought havoc not only to the entire nation but also to the entire world. And why are all the criminalities associated with drugs not as exposed and highlighted as they are now. Must it mean that there are those who pay the media to sensationalize the alleged “extra judicial killings” to unseat Duterte?!!!”
These are strong words addressed to the critics of the war on illegal drugs waged by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Filipino international televangelist Bro. Eli Soriano‘s article entitled For The Sake of Fairness and Logic on the blog site ControversyExtraordinary.com published just recently.
He also posed a thought-provoking question on his blog entry: “Which is more evil, criminals are being killed or criminals are being cuddled?”
President Duterte’s highly successful war on illegal drugs has been drawing flak as of late, particularly from the United States, European Union and religious organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church despite the promising statistics and the record-breaking support the President has been recieving from Filipinos in and out of the country.
Just recently, the United States halted the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police, citing alleged human rights violations in the PNP’s anti-narcotics strategies.
The country’s Catholic Church hierarchy has also opposed the president’s anti-drugs stance through public statements, prayer vigils and even large tarpaulin banners of one of Moses’ commandments “thou shalt not kill”, which is in obvious reference to Duterte’s firm stance against illegal drugs.
On the other hand Soriano, who is the hard-hitting host of the decades-old religious program The Old Path, has consistently shown his support of President Duterte’s presidency through his religious blog.
Brother Eli also criticized on his blog entry an unnamed California-based Catholic Filipino for declaring on his online article that “what is happening in the Philippines is evil because of extra judicial killings.”
Soriano asked, “Have these Catholic priests and members bravely spoken also in the past against these drug perpetrators?”
He has also referred to the Senate committee on Justice and Human Rights’ decision which states that President Duterte is not involved in the spate of summary killings or “extra-judicial killings” believed to be linked to the nation’s police force nationwide crackdown on illegal drugs.
Bro. Eli, who is also the Overall Servant of the Members, Church of God International which now has a global foothold on every major continent, however clarified on his religious blog that he is not in defense of President Duterte.