66 killed under Duterte, advocates call for defense of human rights in Negros

Features Philippines Jun 28, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down.


MANILA — Israel Avelino wept in anguish as he narrated how his father Edgardo was killed by police operatives three months ago inside their home in barangay Panubigan in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental.

On March 30, at around 2 a.m., Israel and his family were woken by the banging on the door. “A member of SAF [Special Action Force] pulled me and dragged me out of the house. He punched me here,” Israel said, his left hand on his abdomen.

Israel, his mother and his sister were taken to the nearby chapel while Edgardo remained inside the house. Later, they would learn that Edgardo was already dead, with multiple gunshot wounds, including one in the forehead.

Edgardo is one of the 14 farmers killed in Canlaon City, Manjuyod and Sta. Catalina towns in what police operatives dubbed as Oplan Sauron. A fact-finding mission revealed that the victims were summarily executed.

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