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HRD Attack

7 Mar 2021

Ana Marie "Chai" Lemita-Evangelista - Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pagwawasak ng Kalikasan at Kalupaan (UMALPAS KA)

Incident date
7 Mar 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Ana Marie "Chai" Lemita-Evangelista
Female
Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pagwawasak ng Kalikasan at Kalupaan (UMALPAS KA)
Human rights group
Killings
Target: Individual
Location of Incident: Philippines
Other actors

Sources

At least nine activists have been killed following simultaneous police raids in the northern Philippines on March 7, 2021, in what has been defined a "Bloody Sunday" by rights groups. The raids were carried out after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered government forces to “kill” and “finish off” all alleged communist rebels in the country. Six people were also arrested during the raids in three provinces surrounding Metro Manila, while at least six others “escaped”. Among those killed, were the couple Chai Lemita-Evangelista and Ariel Evangelista. Husband and wife Chai and Ariel were fisherfolk and members of the Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pagwawasak ng Kalikasan at Kalupaan (UMALPAS KA) in Nasugbu, Batangas. UMALPAS KA is an organization that actively opposes mining, land-grabbing, and climate change. The Evangelistas were in a hut near the shore in Barangay Calayo, when police barged in and raided them. They are survived by their 10-year-old child.