Nothing good ever comes of violence.” —Martin Luther.
Philippine media has its share of bloodthirsty members. A lady columnist who, in wild approval of the government’s brutal war on drugs, recently and unbelievably wrote: “The cost in blood may be high, but it must be done.”
Make no mistake about it: I am in full support of President Duterte’s sincere desire and resolve to eradicate the drug menace in the country. But that’s what I support, not the wanton snuffing out of life here and there. In this regard, I wish to share with President Duterte ideas and suggestions of unconventional ways and means — drastic but not violent — a kind of bloodless revolution toward truly solving the drug problem.
Since when has killing its citizens been a “sworn duty” of government?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.” —John F. Kennedy.
There is never a time that violence has served any person, only always a time of reckoning for the violent.
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”—Mahatma Gandhi
RENI M. VALENZUELA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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