ILOILO CITY – Stop the Killings, Stop the Attacks, Defend People’s Rights Panay Alliance, a broad alliance of different sectors and organizations, was relaunched last December 1. The activity was attended by church people, human rights defenders, lawyers, workers, women’s groups, urban poor, youth sector, peasant groups, development workers, and so on.
The STA was relaunched and strengthened as a response to the rampant and ceaseless human rights violations under the Duterte administration, and to defend the lives and rights of the people.
The said activity was also attended by representatives from the Commission on Human Rights or CHR Region 6.
Victims of human rights violations and their relatives also attended and gave their testimonies and experiences. The urban poor sector shared that amid COVID-19 pandemic, they are experiencing militarization, same is true with the Indigenous Peoples or Tumandoks from the province of Capiz. Also part of the activity is the calling for justice for the killing of leader activists such as Jory Porquia, John Farochilin, Harold Tablazon, Zara Alvarez, as well as the Antique 7 martyrs.
According to Tsinkai Porquia, the daughter of Jory Porquia, seven months have passed since the killing of her father, yet no justice has been served. She added that we need to unite, not only to call for justice, but to call to stop the baseless killings of the state against its critics.
In a message sent by Senator Leila De Lima, who is still inside the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, these gatherings only prove that there are still people who show concern for the welfare of others despite what are currently happening – pandemic crisis, disasters, and ceaseless killings. She added that condemns and is one with the call to stop the ceaseless killings in the islands of Negros and Panay.
Defend democracy, resist tyranny, and stop the attacks! These are the calls of the alliance./PT