Doctor of Public Administration defends Duterte from critics following death of 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos in drug raid

Kian death is a waste, as all others are victims. But his death brings us the real character of our collective enemy – a corrupted system of government that is now manifesting before us!

The paragraph above echoes the sentiment of the general public who believe Duterte is not to blame for Kian’s death, but the dysfunctional system he inherited from previous administrations.

In the Facebook post, Edwin Chinel Monares, a teacher and consultant defended Duterte from critics blaming Duterte for Kian delos Santos’s death and the thousands of drug-related killings even before he officially assumed his post as the President of the country.

Monares remarked that this is unfair to blame Duterte for Kian’s death since the kid was a victim of the rotten people that Duterte inherited upon assuming the Presidency.

Monares argued that this would not happen had illegal drugs did not pervade in the society. Kian should have been around to enjoy his freedom under the sun. What is apparent is the lingering doubt on our law enforcement system.

Monares urged the public to focus on the real enemy of the country and that is the menace of illegal drugs rather than wasting their energy in blaming Duterte.

Read the full post below.

Statement of SAVEME Movement’s Founder on Kian’s Death

Kian is now the face of the ongoing drug war: unrelenting, and focused. He died. Whatever are the circumstances sorrounding his death, it is for our established institution of justice to determine. One thing is sure though, this would not happen had illegal drugs did not pervade in the society. Kian should have been around to enjoy his freedom under the sun. What is apparent is the lingering doubt on our law enforcement system. There is no doubt that illegal drug use, trade, trafficking and production are real. It was clear right from the very moment that Mayor Duterte decided to run for President that he will put an end to the drug menace. President Duterte inherited all the established institutions and their system from previous administrations, he did not made these institutions much less choose the people in these institutions. What he bought to the Presidency was enormous political will and resolve to save the youth and the peace loving Filipino people from the scourge of illegal drugs. At least 15M of us put our trust and confidence in Mayor Duterte in the 2016 elections. On the first day of office, he did what he has to do. And, yes, before I forget, weeks before Mayor Duterte assumed the Presidency, killings related to drugs spiked. Certainly, Mayor Duterte has no hand on them.

The unfortunate death of Kian is now a symbol of a dysfunctional system. He is a victim, one so many, of how our institutions of government were suppose to protect and promote life, liberty and property. Out there right now are so many kian’s who die because of inaction; because the funds for assistance due them are pocketed by officials who thrive one president after the other of our beloved Philippines. Because the people in the position just care for the 8am to 5pm pay.

Rizal, Bonifacio and other Filipino heroes died fighting for freedom against the colonizers. Our forefathers did not waste time determining who shot rizal and who killed bonifacio, they focused on the enemy- the colonizers enslaving the Filipinos. In like manner that Kian, the 17 year old grade 11 student of Caloocan, paid his life as collateral damage in fighting the common enemy- illegal drugs!

Should we blame President Duterte? Should we punish him for this unfortunate incident? I don’t think so.

The war that President Duterte is waging, is about an enemy that is a creation of a dysfunctional system. The utter failure of our system of government. The continuing failure of the institutions we are expecting to defend, protect and promote our welfare and for all of us to enjoy the blessings of democracy.

Kian death is a waste, as all others victims are. But his death brings us the real character of our collective enemy – a corrupted system of government that is now manifesting before us!

As I mourn for Kian, i renew my pledge to continue working in whatever capacity to defeat our collective enemy.

Farewell Kian and thank you!

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