“Part of long-standing policy of Duterte administration .”
Lawmakers condemned police raids in Calabarzon on Sunday that killed nine activists.
In the House of Representatives, Rep. Carlos Zarate (Bayan Muna party-list) called it a “Bloodbath Day by murdering innocent civilians, and by planting evidence for trumped-up cases.”
“This is pure terrorism to brutally silence dissent,” Zarate wrote on Twitter. “Pure terrorism to stop making government accountable.”
Rep. Sarah Elago (Kabataan party-list), said search warrants are now being weaponized to run after activists, labor organizers as well as human rights defenders.
“Instead, [the] Duterte administration’s counterinsurgency campaign has targeted dissenters, organizations and activists opposing the regime’s anti-people policies,” Elago said.
The Senate minority bloc also condemned police raids in Calabarzon on Sunday that killed nine activists.
The killing is part of a “long-standing policy” of the Duterte administration to ignore human rights, the senators said.
The senators called for an investigation into the killings they described as “high level of disrespect towards basic human rights” by the government.
They linked the carnage to President Rodrigo Duterte’s earlier remarks for security forces to ignore human rights in the government’s counter-insurgency campaign.
March 8, 2021
MANILA – Are they legitimate operations?The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday said it will dig deeper into the death of nine individuals, alleged members of so-called progressive groups, in Southern Tagalog over the weekend.The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed on Monday that six… Read More
March 8, 2021
MANILA – The series of police operations in Calabarzon over the weekend that resulted in the death of nine people and the arrest of 15 others were “legitimate” as these were covered by search warrants, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas on Monday said.“It’s a legitimate… Read More