While fully supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte's war against drugs and crime, Vice President Leni Robredo is concerned with "the growing culture of vigilantism and violence."
"We hope that the war is not done at the expense of the innocent and defenseless," Robredo said in a statement Tuesday, as the number of slain drug pushers and users soared, days after Duterte was installed president.
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Police estimate and various news reports have showed that at least 224 died "while fighting cops" in legitimate buy-bust operations while 87 were killed by unidentified assailants.
Robredo, a lawyer, said justice entails filing cases and according due process to the accused.
"We encourage authorities concerned to look into these cases. If there is really culpability, then justice requires that appropriate cases be filed and that those proven to be accountable be punished," said Robredo.
Robredo also emphasized that the fight against drugs and crime "must be done with an uncompromising exercise of the rule of law."
"Since the President is a lawyer and former prosecutor, we trust that he will do what is appropriate," Robredo added.
Duterte overwhelmingly won the 2016 president elections with a vow to crush crime and drugs. He also recently named police officials allegedly linked to the drug trade and vowed to reveal the identities of public officials in the drug business.
Duterte's anointed police chief, Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa have since implemented a mandatory drug test among policemen.
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