Press Statement | June 11, 2018

For reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, 09173162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, 09189790580

On the recent killings of a priest, a journalist and a prosecutor

Karapatan condemns the recent murders of a Catholic priest, a journalist and a prosecutor as clear signs of a thriving climate of impunity in the Philippines, where killings have been normalised by government itself while perpetrators are rarely prosecuted and not punished.

Fr. Richmond Nilo, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cabanatuan, was shot dead yesterday, June 10, 2018, at Brgy. Mayamot, Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija.

On June 7, Dennis Denora, publisher of community press Trends and Times, was shot twice in the head and left for dead while he was on his car, which was then parked along the highway at Brgy. New Pandan, Panabo City, Davao del Norte.

Office of the Ombudsman Prosecutor Madonna Joy Tanyag, who was also pregnant, was stabbed to death on June 4, in Brgy. Vasra, Quezon City.

We condole with the families of the victims and we are one with them in their quest for justice. We join them in their demand for an independent investigation and the delivery of swift justice on the said killings.

However, there is great doubt that authorities will get to the bottom of these recent murders and that the perpetrators and masterminds will be brought to justice immediately, given the current context.

Under the Duterte administration, state-sponsored killings have been continuously justified by government, while police investigations regarding these killings have gone nowhere. Violent crimes and the spectre of “terrorism” have been even used as excuses to impose military rule and repressive measures. Government refuses to look at its own culpability, which is made worse by its corrupt, brutal, and mercenary state forces. If such a situation exists, with the convoluted framework of the current administration on solving these problems, there can be no genuine resolution of crimes, terrorism, armed conflicts and social problems. What remains is a darker shroud of impunity that engulfs the country and is promoted by people in power, who benefit from a climate that engenders unpeace and injustice.


Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
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Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
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KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.