Palace de­scribes leftist group's com­plaint as pro­pa­ganda

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! -

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL spokesper­son Harry Roque said the com­plaints filed by a leftist group against Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte over al­leged ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in the coun­try only serve pro­pa­ganda pur­poses.

On Satur­day, lo­cal hu­man rights watch­dog Kara­p­atan sent to United Na­tions Rap­por­teurs Agnes Cal­la­mard and Michael Frost a let­ter blam­ing 25 killings on state agents in the course of the ad­min­is­tra­tion's counter-in­sur­gency cam pai gn .

It was the sec­ond com­plaint filed by Kara­p­atan.

On April 10, the group filed its first com­plaint ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ment of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for the death of 47 in­divi dual s.

"It’s use­less to go to go the UN with­out fil­ing cases be­fore the fis­cal’s of­fice. Fil­ing di­rectly with the UN is only for pro­pa­ganda pur­poses be­cause there are in­sti­tu­tions in the Philip­pines that could ad­dress it," Roque said in a state­ment.

Roque en­cour­aged the group to file the case be­fore the fis­cal's of­fice or the Supreme Court.

"From one coun­terin­sur­gency pro­gram to an­other, cases of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings against peas­ants, in­dige­nous peo­ples, Moro, work­ers, women and youth con­tinue to be com­mit­ted with im­punity un­der the mur­der­ous Duterte regime," Kara­p­atan sec­re­tary gen­eral Cristina Pal­abay wrote in her let­ter to the UN.

“We al­lege that state se­cu­rity forces are pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for these killings that are all in the con­text of a gov­ern­ment pro­gram that makes no dis­tinc­tion be­tween armed and un­armed civil­ians, thus pro­vid­ing a pre­text for the ar­bi­trary tag­ging of in­di­vid­u­als, groups and move­ments as en­e­mies of the state," she added.

The Pres­i­dent re­cently or­dered the can­cel­la­tion of the peace ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional Demo­cratic Front of the Philip­pines (NDFP), po­lit­i­cal arm of the Com­mu­nist Party of the Philip­pines, be­cause of the con­tin­ued at­tacks staged by its armed wing, New Peo­ple's Army.

Fol­low­ing the can­cel­la­tion, the Pres­i­dent branded the com­mu­nist rebels as ter­ror­ists and ver­bally or­dered their ar­rest as well as their "le­gal fronts." (Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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