By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – The killing of an ordinary college student by policemen in Mountain Province has called the attention of Anakbayan national office, reports reached online news, Bicol Today.com. yesterday.
Anakbayan National Office deplored the cold blooded killing of Stephen Galidan, a sophomore student taking up Business Administration at the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College, reportedly by the elements of the Philippine National Police.
However, Galidan was an ordinary college student and a non-activist.
Based on police reports, Galidan was arrested for being “disruptive” and “violating curfew.”
Witnesses reported that Galidan and his companions were being maltreated by the policemen during the arrest.
According to the PNP, Galidan jumped off the police car that resulted to his death.
However, Galidan’s family and friends contended that 5 policemen assaulted Stephen, resulting to his death.
The so called “disruptive” behavior that Galidan exhibited according to the PNP, is not a valid reason to use excessive force against him, said Anakbayan.
Even if Galidan committed a violation, it does not justify his death in the hands of the police. Even though the policemen responsible for his death were already suspended, we call on everyone to be vigilant with the investigation to be carried out by the PNP,” said Anakbayan.
The youth group likened the Galidan’s killing to the spate of State-sanctioned violation by security forces against anti-Aquino activists and militants.
“We demand accountability for all the human rights abuses done under the Aquino regime. The death of Galidan is not an isolated case perpetrated by state elements. It is only one of the many human rights violations committed by state elements under the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan. In the forefront of the human rights violators is the Armed Forces of The Philippines. The Lacub Abra massacre, Ligiw family massacre, and the extrajudicial killing of William Bugatti are some of the many HRV cases committed by the AFP,” said Anakbayan.
“There will be more Stephen Galidans among the youth of Cordillera,” said Anakbayan, referring to human rights violations committed by security forces against civilians.