Sent: 19/06/2019 6:14:23 PM
Subject: Philippines: APCHRP Media Release: Four murders in three days. The worst President ever!

Four murders in three days. The Philippines worst President ever!

The Asia Pacific Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (APCHRP) protests in the strongest terms the recent killings of its two human rights workers in Sorsogon, a peasant leader in Bukidnon and a former Bayan Muna regional head.

APCHRP also condemns ongoing support of Australia and the US in providing military aid to both the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police.

On June 15, Karapatan human rights volunteers Ryan Hubilla, 22, and Nelly Bagasala, 69, were killed by gunmen in Sorsogon City after being the subject of intense surveillance because of their support provided to released political prisoners.

On June 16, peasant leader Nonoy Palma, a member of KASAMA-Bukidnon was shot dead outside his house by three men onboard a motorcycle. One of them was identified as a member of brutal Alamara paramilitary group.

On June 17, former Bayan Muna regional head Neptali Morada was murdered on his way to work for former Camarines Sur Vice Governor Ato Pena in Naga City.

APCHRP has every reason to believe that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against anyone critical of his bloody rule is directly responsible for the murders we have seen over recent days.

Military aid provided by the likes of Australia and the US has enabled these murders. The decision of these governments not to disassociate themselves from Duterte means its people’s tax money is now soaked with the blood of innocent Filipinos.

According to Karapatan, the Duterte administration has been responsible for 145 human rights defenders killings and thousands more drug war killings with impunity. Karapatan primarily attributes these violations against human rights defenders to the government’s implementation of counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, including in regions such as Bicol, Eastern Visayas and Negros where the government’s draconian Memorandum No. 32 is being implemented and in Mindanao where martial law is enforced.

APCHRP calls on all international organisations and individuals to stand with the human rights movement in the Philippines and the diaspora fighting against Duterte’s bloody rule and to pressure their governments to stop the aid and joint military training.

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