Stop the killings, stop the lies!
By Satur C. Ocampo
At Ground Level | The Philippine Star
Last September, at the onset of the “ber” months which usually evoke happy thoughts of Christmas, I wrote here about the dark prospects shadowing the yearend instead – intensifying militarization, political repression, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations.
Twin calls were then raised by human rights defenders and HR-violation victims: “Never again to martial law!” (recalling Ferdinand Marcos’ September 21, 1972 edict) and “Stop the killings!” (with 279 recorded extrajudicial killings – now 303 – under P-Noy’s watch).
On Nov. 30, with the fumes of the presidential contest in the May 2016 elections polluting the air, twin calls were raised: “Never again, never forget!” and “Stop the lies!”