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Extra-Judicial Killings Awareness Campaign

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With the reign of President Duterte pursuing its intended platform, the Philippines is now bathed in blood of lives of criminals and innocents. Police operation raids led by authorized police bodies now roam every city who are said to be drug infested. While millions of Filipinos are praising the newly elected president and its project, many lives have already been shed to the roads, unjustified killings and abuse of police power are already on-event. Extrajudicial killing, the prominent issue of the president’s project, as defined is a deliberated killing not authorized by a previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples. Now, the Philippines is covered of extrajudicial atrocities, the authorities are criticized by human rights group,making the Philippines one of the deadliest countries.

StopEJK is a project that focuses on stopping the exceeding rate of killings in the Philippines. To realize the organization’s vision, the organization commits in helping the Filipino community to the protection of their human rights and of the current barbarism, and in contributing to the halt of the Oplan Tokhang and other raid-related projects.

The purpose of the project is to raise awareness in the extrajudicial killings happening in the Philippines in Ozamiz City. The project also aims to unveil the faulty behavior of such killings happening, to explain to Ozamiznons that this is a serious problem.

EJK has been a common word nowadays due to killings that seems to be left behind justice. Post Marcos, it was the Arroyo regime that blatantly implemented this Marcosian legacy. From 2001-2010, human rights group Karapatan documented 1,206 EJKs committed by state security forces and state-backed para-military and vigilante groups. In her State of the Nation Address, then President Arroyo even praised the notorious retired general Jovito Palparan, who admitted to having inspired the killings, for his excellent work. In a 2008 report, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston concluded that the EJKs under Arroyo were tolerated by the authorities and formed part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) counter-insurgency program. He lamented that the killings were being done with impunity due to the government’s failure to investigate, prosecute and punish the perpetrators. While the number of EJKs decreased under former President Benigno Aquino III, they were by no means less alarming. In its 2015 year-end report, Karapatan claimed to have documented 307 victimes of EJKs from July 2010 to December 2015, including those killed in 17 massacres related to counter-insurgency operations. The number then increased with more than 3,000 drug war-related killings and counting during President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime. There is no doubt that President Rodrigo Duterte is continuing the unwritten state policy of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) against perceived “enemies of the state.”

The most recent news in Ozamiz City is a police routine engaged in a firefight with suspected criminals, killing 9 and arresting 6 others including one police officer, the regional police said Thursday Thursday night, June 1. Region 10 Police Spokesperson Superintendent Lemuel Gonda said police from the City Police Station and Provincial Police Safety Company engaged the suspected criminals on Thursday afternoon in Barangays Cabinti and Balintawak in this city. Further details of the raid, Gonda added that upon sensing a police operation, the suspects started shooting at the police, prompting the police to fire back. “They fired back, neutralizing the suspects – 9 dead, 8 from barangay Cabinti and one from Balintawak,” Gonda said.

Hearsays within Ozamiznons, the police operation’s original intention was a lone target and that these following persons killed were just accidentally included in the operation. An Ozamiznon stated that from the hearsays, these following persons were gathering for a celebration including the main target, and during the celebration, a police officer open fired to them, killing them. Another, a fellow of the organization shared a news about how an ex-drug pusher got killed by a gunshot of a police officer. Though these of the following disobeyed the law, it is unreasonable for them to suffer such death without due process. These killings are uncalled for, and these said-criminals have human rights that should also not be violated for such unjustified reasons. These news are showing that extrajudicial killing is now a very potent issue, reaching different cities, making it a could-be death of the country.

Financial support is needed by the petition in order for it to happen. The financial support received from several human rights group will help the project to be comprehended and conducted. The financial support will cover the expenses which are:

a.       Symposiums

b.      Campaign

c.       Project Documents (e.g. brochures)

d.      Banners

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