MEMBERS of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance renewed their call for President Rodrigo Duterte to end extra-judicial killings as a result of the campaign against illegal drugs.
CHRA secretary general Imelda Tabiando during the the International Human Rights Week celebration said there can be no change in the campaign of the current administration when innocent people are killed.
The CHRA said many are being killed including innocent individuals without due process as extra judicial killings have a big impact on the loved ones of those who were killed in the war against illegal drugs.
Tabiando added the CHRA will continue its fight in protecting the rights of the Cordillerans.
“Ngayon ay ang araw ng pagbibigay pugay sa mga lahat ng nagbuwis ng buhay para ipaglaban ang mga karapatang pantao. Ito ang pagpapakita sa tunay na kalagayan ng karapatang pantao dito sa ating bansa at rehiyon ng Cordillera mula noong umupo si President Duterte at ilan pang president,” Tabiando said.
CHRA is currently documenting all human rights victims as well as perpetrators including those who were killed under the current administration.
Tabiando also appealed to the president to release all political prisoners without any conditions or agreement between the national government and the National Democratic Front.
During the celebration, the group conducted mural arts making, face painting, storytelling, one billion dance movement, photo exhibit and concert for peace.
In Baguio City, at least 26 deaths are currently under investigation which are linked to illegal drugs.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 13, 2016.
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