Rage against state terror

Features Philippines Apr 12, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Fourteen farmers were dead after police conducted “legitimate operations” in different towns in Negros Oriental last March 30. Eight were killed in Canlaon City, four in Manjuyod and two in Santa Catalina.

Initial investigation by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Central Visayas found common patterns — most of the victims were separated from their families before being killed; many bore gunshot wounds in the head; and, some of the victims were in their senior years.

The CHR’s initial findings corroborated the testimonies of witnesses, mostly families of the victims.  Their accounts were eerily familiar for families of those killed in ‘anti-drug’ police operations.

The patterns seen by CHR belie the police’s claims that the “suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members resisted arrest when operatives were only implementing search warrants for unlicensed firearms.”

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