Women’s group Gabriela called for a thorough investigation regarding the operations of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces in the Philippines (AFP) in Nasugbu, Batangas on November 28, 2017 that resulted to the brutal deaths of 15 people, including two students.
While the PNP and AFP claimed and tagged the incident as an “encounter” or “clash” between the police and military operatives and members of the New People’s Army (NPA), Gabriela and other groups believe otherwise and calls on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to immediately conduct an independent investigation to seek justice.
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The group emphasized that the Nasugbu, Batangas incident is wrought with doubt, as information and reports have only been coming from the combined forces of the AFP and PNP.
In a statement, Gabriela denounced the AFP for releasing a photo of one of the dead bodies. The said photo of a dead body wrapped in bloody blankets was posted on the Facebook fan page, “Legal Army”. This is contrary to the AFP’s claim that the said victim was brought to a hospital for treatment.
Furthermore, without the consent of the family, the AFP revealed the name and identity of the victim.
The group also denounced President Rodrigo Duterte for his “shoot to kill orders” against any and all supposed enemies of the state.
“He has repeatedly assured state security forces that Human Rights (HR) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL) considerations no longer apply and civilians are included in the array of persons to be neutralized,” Gabriela emphasized.
“He is allowing the PNP and AFP free rein to create scenarios of ‘terrorists’ or ‘destabilization’ plots to help justify his wild claims and pronouncements. All these set the stage for Pres. Duterte’s purported plan to declare a fascist dictatorship,” the group added.
Gabriela also encouraged the public to fearlessly expose and oppose any dictatorial rule under the Duterte administration.