Reacting to the violent war on drug traffickers that has been launched by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, a missionary priest has observed the violence, too, can act like a drug, causing different forms of addictive behavior.
Death squads and hyper-aggressive police forces “can become themselves dependent on violence,” Father Peter Geremia, of the Pontifical Foreign Missions, remarked to the Fides news service.
The people involved in extra-judicial killing of drug dealers under Duterte’s leadership “can also experience a deep sense of guilt, often unconscious, leading to various forms of violence, including alcoholism and drug addiction.” He concluded: “Killers are dangerous to the their own families.”
In an open letter to the Filipino president, Father Geremia said that Duterte should be able to “convince more people to support a clean fight, not a dirty war, against drugs and corruption.”
Catholic Culture News/Oct. 17, 2016
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Missionary Warns: Violence against Drug Dealers can Lead Further, Worse Addictions