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19 Jan 2022

Jairo Bolledo & Lian Buan, Rappler

Philippines: 17 police officers face murder charges for 2 'Bloody Sunday' killings

"'Deliberate intent to kill’: 17 cops face murder for 2 Bloody Sunday killings", 14 January 2022

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday, January 14, filed murder complaints against 17 cops over the killing of two of nine activists killed during the “Bloody Sunday” operations in March 2021. 

In a statement, the NBI said it had filed the case before the Department of Justice on Friday for the killing of activists Ariel Evangelista and Ana Mariz “Chai” Lemita-Evangelista in Nasugbu, Batangas. The NBI said the police officers and personnel involved in the case were from the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Calabarzon. 

According to the six-page complaint, the NBI found that the cops who implemented a search warrant on the Evangelista couple had a “deliberate intent to kill.” ...

On March 7, 2021, at least nine activists were killed by the police during their simultaneous operations in Southern Luzon. At least six activists were also arrested by the authorities during the operations.  

The filing of cases for the death of the Evangelista couple was also the most recent murder complaint filed against the police. In early December last year, 17 cops also faced murder complaints for the death of labor leader Manny Asuncion...

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