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.
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
In an open letter to the Filipino president, Father Geremia said that
Duterte should be able to “convice more people to support a clean
fight, not a dirty war, against drugs and corruption.”