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EJKs taking place, HR group to Alagar spokesman

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HUMAN rights watchdog Karapatan on Wednesday criticized the spokesman of Camp Alagar who asserted that there are no cases of extrajudicial killings in the region.

In a statement, Fr. Khen Apus of Karapatan-Northern Mindanao said Camp Alagar spokesperson Supt. Surki Sereñas should not hide behind “legalese jargon” to belie the murders that have been taking place in the region.

“Dili lamang ma-justify sa kahulugan sa diksiyonaryo ang kahulugan sa maong termino ug anaa ang korte nga magpalawom ug magpasabot niana,” Apus said.

He pointed out that there have been some 22 thousand people, labelled as drug suspects, killed in the two years of the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs.”

“Dugang pa niini ang liboan gihapon nga ihap sa pagpamatay ubos sa giyera batok sa katawhan pinaagi sa way puas nga pagpangbomba sa mga komunidad sa Lumad ug Moro,” Apus added.

Apus said there are courts that should deal and decide on the drug suspects the police apprehend during buy-and-bust operations.

“Adunay extrajudicial killing tungod kay adunay due process nga gilatag ang atong Konstitusyon alang sa tanang akusado. Apan kung aduna nay summary execution, ug uban pa, EJK na kana,” he argued, adding that the term “extrajudicial killings” should not absolve the police of its accountability.

“EJK o murder man ang tawag, usa lang ang klarodili mapanas sa maong termino sa kamatuoran nga liboan ka mga tawo ang nakabsan sa kinabuhi ubos sa administrasyon ni Duterte. Sa tanan pagpamatay, dili abswelto ang kapulisan sa ilahang sala sa katawhan,” said Apus.


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