The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) urged an end to red-tagging activities and “systematic state murder” in the Philippines.
It stressed the need for the international community to step in and deal with its many human rights violations.
Peter Murphy, chairman of the ICHRP, said that 2021 has sadly already heralded more targeted state political killings, massacres, continuous police killings of the poor, and a threat of mass arrests of leaders and members of red-tagged organizations.
He cited the case of Federico Pineda, a construction worker who was shot dead by a police officer in Sta. Rita, Pampanga after he was mistaken as a robber. Pineda had just celebrated his daughter’s seventh birth anniversary when he was shot.
Murphy compared the country’s situation with that of US President Donald Trump with his blatant assault on the US Congress last Jan. 6.
“Trump has demonstrated what happens when impunity is the rule of the day,” he warned.
“The international community must act against impunity of state actors in the Philippines to stop a greater tragedy unfolding in this nation which once fired the global imagination with the ‘people power’ removal of the Dictator Marcos in 1986,” Murphy added.