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The Philippines: Killings Escalate in Central Philippines

July 30, 2019

Government, Rebel Forces in Negros Should End Unlawful Attacks

Supporters shout slogans as they hold paper crosses bearing names of killed people from Negros Oriental province during a rally in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Killings in the Philippines’ Negros Oriental province surged over the weekend, with the 14th fatal shooting on Negros island in a week. Media reports said gunmen shot dead Anaciancino Rosalita in a public market in Canlaon City. Local activists contend that his death is just the latest murder in the government’s ostensible campaign to suppress “lawless violence.”

The island of Negros has a long history of violence stemming from festering issues of land rights, poverty, and injustice. Peasant and farmer groups have campaigned for land reform over the island’s vast sugar plantations amidst fighting between communist insurgents and government forces. Both sides have been implicated in countless human rights abuses.

The attacks increased dramatically after the New People’s Army (NPA) killed four police officers on July 18 in Ayungon town. The police allege the officers had been tortured and then executed. The NPA denied this, although they confirmed killing the officers in an ambush.

On July 22, President Rodrigo Duterte denounced the killings and offered a reward for the capture of those responsible. Since then, there have been multiple daily killings in the province.  On July 25 alone, seven people were killed in separate summary killings in different parts of the province. On July 23, unidentified gunmen killed Anthony Trinidad, a human rights lawyer, in Guihulngan City.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/30/killings-escalate-central-philippines

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/216239-list-judges-prosecutors-lawyers-killed-under-duterte-government

https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/702856/hrw-urges-gov-t-npa-to-end-unlawful-negros-oriental-killings/story/

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/29/19/ibp-demands-probe-into-negros-lawyers-slay

IBP calls for speedy probe on Negros lawyer’s murder, arrest of killers

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/07/30/un-action-philippines-glimpse-hope-and-justice

https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1076293

https://www.rappler.com/nation/236559-possible-motives-behind-killing-lawyer-negros-oriental

https://www.rappler.com/nation/236664-hrw-blocking-access-will-not-stop-un-report-philippine-drug-war

IBP calls on authorities to find out who killed Negros Oriental lawyer

Court junks rights lawyers’ plea for protection

Appellate court denies lawyers’ protection plea

https://www.france24.com/en/20190730-more-160-land-defenders-murdered-2018-watchdog

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/30/19/activists-urge-un-body-to-probe-negros-land-defenders-killings

https://news.abs-cbn.com/spotlight/07/30/19/spate-of-slays-what-is-happening-in-negros-oriental

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/regional/2019/7/30/lawyer-shor-dead-valencia-bukidnon-land-dispute.html

Top US think tank sees no gauge of success in PH drug war

De Lima: UN Probe A Must Amid Gov’t’s Lack Of Interest In Probing EJKs

Press Statement on the Series of Killings in Negros

https://www.philstar.com/opinion/2019/07/31/1939333/editorial-negros-killing-fields

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