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2 U. Asia & Pacific L.J. 85 (2019)
An Unwinnable War: Locating the Value of Life in the Middle of the Philippines' Campaign against Illegal Drugs

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   AN UNWINNABLE WAR: LOCATING THE VALUE OF LIFE
     IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PHILIPPINES' CAMPAIGN
                   AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS*

                      Ruby Rosselle L. Tugade **


I. INTROD UCTION ........................................................................  86
II. THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE PHILIPPINES AND SOCIAL
   IS S U E S  ...................................................................................  8 7
III. THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLEGAL DRUGS FROM THE LENS OF HUMAN
   R IG H T S  ..................................................................................  8 9
   A. ARBITRARY DEPRIVATION OF LIFE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW .........  89
   B. THE PHILIPPINE HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK ON THE RIGHT TO
       L IF E  .................................................................................  9 2
IV. TOWARDS DIGNITY: INTERSECTIONS OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
   AND THE  HUMAN RIGHTS REGIME ................................................  95
   A. CATHOLIC       SOCIAL      TEACHING      AND       HUMAN
       D IG N ITY  .............................................................................  9 5
   B. ENFORCING HUMAN DIGNITY: PROSPECTS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN
       THE MIDDLE OF THE ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUGS CAMPAIGN .................  97


                              ABSTRACT

       The anti-illegal drug campaign of the Philippine government under
President Rodrigo Duterte has exacted heavy social costs in the
Philippines. It has also placed the institutions for accountability and
democratic rule of law at a precarious situation. With the collective moral
ethos of Philippine society heavily strained by the consequences of the
anti-illegal drug campaign, the conceptually parallel ideas forwarded by
Catholic social teaching on the one hand and human rights law on the
other can potentially provide an oasis for making sense out of the so-called
war on drugs. This paper presents the prospects of the intersection
between the teachings of the Catholic Church-an institution held in high
regard in Philippine society-and the different ideas underpinning human
rights law as a potent counterpart to the war on drugs.







       Cite as Ruby Rosselle S. Tugade, An Unwinnable War: Locating the Value of Life in
the Middle of the Philippine's Campaign Against Illegal Drugs, 2 U. ASIA & PAC. L.J. 85,
(page cited) (2019).
   .. Member, Philippine Bar; Juris Doctor, University of the Philippines (2016); Vice
Chair, Philippine Law Journal (Volume 88); A.B. Political Science, cum laude, Ateneo de
Manila University (2010).

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