By Ernie Reyes
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Friday condemned on the strongest possible term the unabated killings in the countryside where a former mayor and a journalist was gunned down by killers.
In a statement issued, Poe said that the government must take bold steps to protect our people and strengthen the justice system to punish criminals.
“The blatant murders, including that of a journalist in Samar and the mayor and his aide in Basilan, once again cast a shadow of violence in our society that must be stopped,” she said.
Poe said that these unsolved crimes are not just sources of grave pain to the families and colleagues of the victims; they also undermine trust in our criminal justice system.
“When the killers face no costs for their actions, the pattern is bound to be repeated and will embolden lawlessness,” she said.
She added that the protection of life and the promotion of peace and order are sacred obligations of the government to our people.
“The rule of law must prevail to break the cycle of impunity of killings,” she ended. (ai/mtvn)