Mervin Toquero of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said that barring entry of UN investigators into the country would only prove that “this administration is hiding something.”
Tags: extrajudicial killings
By DEE AYROSO
Ni JHIO JAN A. NAVARRO Siyam, isa, labing-apat, higit pa sa Sagay, Kabankalan, Sta. Catalina Guihulngan, Canlaon at kung saan pa nilingkis, kinalos ni Sauron sa bungkalan, tubuhan, tahanan sa harap ng asawa, anak, magulang– tinadtad ng bala sa ulo, sa mata, sa ari, sa bunganga sinilaban, nilapnos, pinabay-an sa langaw, sa uod ng lupang…
“As the Duterte regime continuously intensifies its attacks, the killings and arbitrary arrests in Negros is setting a very dangerous precedence – that State forces can do whatever they want against poor peasants and communities, and brazenly promote tyranny and violence.”
Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down.
The violence that erupt from time to time in Negros is but a painful reminder of the longstanding land problem and unjust system operative in Negros.
What we are witnessing is a war against civilians since Duterte assumed the presidency. He started with the thousands of poor drug suspects, using anti-drugs campaign as a veil. Now, authorities are mouthing anti-criminality and counterinsurgency for going after civilians.
“We pray for our nation and all the inhabitants therein, that they will know peace, genuine peace based on justice and righteousness.”
President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that extrajudicial killings is his “only sin” has “legal and moral implications.”
Three mothers of victims of Duterte’s drug war narrate how they have risen up from grief and despair to finding hope in the struggle for justice.
Within months of his coming to power in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte’s profanities, tirades, threats, outrageous remarks about women, human rights, heads of foreign states, and what he was actually doing, had called the attention of international media — in Japan, the United States and Europe — to what was happening in the Philippines. As…