Former chief justice lambasts summary killings in world congress on mercy

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Former chief justice Hilario Davide Jr. gives a testimony at the fourth World Aposotlic Congress on Mercy. Photo by Maria Charisse Ann G. Refuerzo

A FORMER chief justice has condemned the mounting cases of extrajudicial killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-drug campaign, calling it the “work of the devil.”

“The culture of [death] is worsening perhaps by the so-called war on drugs. This is a work of the devil,” said Hilario Davide Jr., who served as chief magistrate from 1998 to 2005, in his testimony during the fourth World Apostolic Congress of Mercy (Wacom) in UST today.

Davide also criticized the planned re-imposition of the death penalty, calling it “anti-Filipino” and “anti-poor.”

“Abolish the death penalty! Demolish the RH Bill and corruption. We must empower women and uphold the rights of the environment,” he said.

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