ILOILO – Progressive groups, friends and families of the 7 research and propaganda staff of the National Democratic Front – Panay, who were slain in Antique last August 15, 2018, conducted an online protest to commemorate the third-year anniversary after the bloody massacre. Moreover, the group also demanded justice for victims of the Tumandok massacre that happened last year.
According to Crimson Labinghisa, daughter of one of the victims of the Antique 7 massacre, the slow progress of the case is a reminder for them to remain steadfast in their call for justice.
Meanwhile, the Office of the Ombudsman – MOLEA has ordered those involved in the joint operation of the PNP-AFP to file their counter-affidavit as the former sees substantial evidence to back the claims of the families that what happened was a massacre and not an encounter. However, the PNP and the AFP have not yet submitted their counter affidavits.
According to Labinghisa, they think that the reason why the PNP-AFP have not yet submitted their counter affidavits is because they want to slow down the case and stop the families from claiming justice for the death of their loved ones.
The group also celebrated the birthday of Rodolfo Diaz, one of the 16 Tumandoks who were illegally arrested last December 30, 2020. According to Defend Panay Network, they call for the immediate release of Diaz and the granting of the motion to quash the search warrant used to arrest him.
It can be noted that the Mambusao RTC has granted the motion to quash the search warrants of some who were arrested and declared said search warrants as invalid.
Defend Panay Network strongly calls for the immediate release of Diaz and others who were illegally arrested last December 30 and all who are victims of trumped-up charges.
Progressive groups also called to end the crackdown of activists, farmers, IPs, critics, and human rights defenders, protect and uphold the human rights of the people, and to hold Duterte accountable for his crimes against the people seen in the rise of extrajudicial killings in his administration./PT