Stop the killings!

News Philippines Aug 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm
Atty. Anthony Trinidad,  one of two lawyers killed  Photo grabbed from Facebook

Atty. Anthony Trinidad, one of two lawyers killed
(Photo grabbed from Facebook)

By Ronalyn V. Olea

We dread receiving yet another news of extrajudicial killing from human rights groups. The level of killings in Negros alone is reminiscent of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo days.
During the height of Arroyo’s counterinsurgency program Oplan Bantay Laya, at least two activists were killed each week. At the end of her term, more than a thousand civilians were gunned down.

The pattern too is almost the same. Activists belonging to people’s organisations and their supporters were tagged as communists or sympathizers of New People’s Army (NPA) before they were gunned down. The “more fortunate” targets became victims of trumped-up criminal charges, arrested and detained for many years.

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