Initial reaction on the dev’ts in the investigation on the Bloody Sunday killings

The Department of Justice’s recommendation to file a murder complaint against the perpetrators in the killing of labor leader Manny Asuncion is a welcome action. All victims of the Bloody Sunday raids deserve no less than justice. Those who remain imprisoned such as human rights worker Nimfa Lanzanas should be released, and we continue to urge that similar murder charges be brought against the perpetrators and commanding officers involved in the killings of all the nine who were killed.

Officials of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict who incited violence against the groups of the victims and justified the killings as mere anti-crime activities should likewise be investigated for their accountability in these killings.

We will continue to be vigilant and monitor the investigations to ensure that the perpetrators of these atrocities are held to account.

Cristina Palabay
Karapatan Secretary General