HRW reaction to the killing of Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili | BICOL TODAY

HRW reaction to the killing of Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili

The killing this morning of Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili, like the thousands of killings in the “war on drugs” of the Duterte administration, demands an immediate and thorough investigation by Philippine authorities. While we did not agree with Mayor Halili’s method of dealing with crime and illegal drugs in his city, his murder is condemnable. He may have deprived many Tanauan residents of due process but that doesn’t mean he should be deprived of it too.

We reiterate our call for an end to the culture of impunity in the Philippines where thousands have been killed in extrajudicial killings of criminal suspects, activists, members of indigenous tribes, journalists, priests, and politicians like Mayor Halili. The only way that can happen is if perpetrators — including Mayor Halili’s killers — are investigated, arrested, charged and tried in a court of law.

Carlos Conde
Researcher, Human Rights Watch

Posted by on July 2, 2018. Filed under Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *