De Lima condemns death of a three-year girl used as human shield during buy-bust operation

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima photo from google (ctto)

MANILA, Philippines — Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday lambasted the killing of a 3-year-old girl who was killed in a crossfire during an alleged shooting battle between policemen and drug suspects in Rodriquez, Rizal.

The three-year girl identified as Myka Ulpina was the latest casualty to a growing list of children who had died in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Myka was one of the four who died in the gunbattle, along with Senior Master Sgt. Conrad Cabigao.

The police allegedly reported that Myka was used as a human shield by her drug suspect father Renato Dolofrina to escape from police during a buy-bust operation conducted inside their house on Saturday.

“No words can express the anger I feel for what happened to Myka, whose life was sacrificed to Mr. Duterte’s fake war against illegal drugs,” De Lima said in her dispatch letter from her detention cell in Camp Crame.

“Another life was again wasted and added to the thousands of innocent victims of this spurious government campaign that has led to nothing,” she said.

De Lima, who was charged for drug trafficking after her contemptuous remarks of the President’s drug war, still claims that the administration’s anti-drug campaign was a “sham and a complete failure as it failed to arrest the entry of illegal drugs into the country.”

She also attacked the Philippine National Police for claiming that the anti-drug strategy was a success even after the Chief Executive himself had repeatedly admitted that it was a failure.

De Lima said that PNP chief, Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde, announced the “declaration to justify the brutal killings under the Duterte regime.”

“They conveniently set aside from the fact that innocents continue to die because of this murderous drug war,” she emphasized.

“Does this government consider this a victory? Do they consider it a victory when after three years, billions of pesos in illegal drugs are being smuggled into the country while the real drug lords still go scot-free?” De Lima asked

Source: Inquirer

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