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NAGKAISA condemns killings early Sunday

Workers groups condemn “slaughter” of activists

MANILA – Labor coalition NAGKAISA condemned what they describe as “bloody slaughter” of nine activists two days after President Rodrigo Duterte delivered is “kill, kill them all” speech.

In a statement released late Sunday afternoon, Atty. Sonny G. Matula said “any extra-judicial killing (EJK) diminishes us all, it kills part of our humanity.”

NAGKAISA said news reports disclosed news reports about police elements having killed nine and arrested six others alleged to be with activist groups in Laguna, Rizal, and Batangas.

The Labor coalition called on the population to speak and denounce the “bloody slaughter, arrests and red-taggings of trade unionist and members of people’s organizations.

Atty. Matula said the killing of trade union organizer Manny Asuncion Sunday morning at the Workers’ Assistance Center in Salitran, Dasmarinas, Cavite is “highly condemnable and the serving of search warrant questionable if not incredible.”

The NAGKAISA statement disclosed the policemen allegedly served a search warrant. “He was at the 2nd floor with the police and his wife at the ground floor when she heard in

Asuncion’s wife witnessed her husband’s body being dragged down wounded and dead.

Atty. Matula said last week and several months back, members of SENTRO and Partido Manggagawa in Davao, Cebu, and Metro Manila were harassed and red-tagged by law-enforcement and barangay officials

“The slaughter and other violent incidents this bloody Sunday and the previous days have been outrageous. These are not acceptable in civilized society,” the statement concluded.

The Philippine National Police has not issued any statement as of this writing. (Melo M. Acuña)

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