ANAKPAWIS Party-list chairperson Randall Echanis was killed inside his rented home in Quezon City before dawn Monday, August 10, 2020.
An unidentified neighbor was also killed, according to the party-list group.
Echanis, 72, was also a member of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace panel on agrarian reforms and the deputy secretary general of militant peasant organization Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).
In a statement, Anakpawis and KMP condemned the killing of Echanis.
The two groups also slammed the new anti-terrorism law, saying it will lead to more human rights violations against and unlawful killing of activists.
Former Anakpawis congressman Ariel Casilao condemned the death of his colleague, saying it is a result of “extrajudicial killings with impunity under the Duterte regime.”
“Our anger is beyond words. This is a culture of extrajudicial killings with impunity under the Duterte regime. This is a declaratory act that national leaders of legal-democratic movement are now targeted to be killed by the Duterte regime. The entire civil society, human rights advocates and freedom fighters must totally denounce this criminal act,” Casilao said in a statement. (Jove Moya/SunStar Philippines)