Fisherfolk couple murdered over long-running battle against coastal and land-use conversion — PAMALAKAYA

PAMALAKAYA said the fisherfolk couple Chai Lemita-Evangelista and Ariel Evangelista were both members of Ugnayan ng Mamamayan Laban sa Pagwawasak ng Kalikasan at Kalupaan (UMALPAS KA), a local environmental organization in Nasugbu, Batangas. The Evangelistas were active in the long-standing campaign against coastal and land-grabbing by private developers within the 8,650-hectare Hacienda Looc in Nasugbu.

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‘Genocidal’ drug war was state-sponsored, UN body told

“Although we couldn’t agree more with the Justice Secretary that the police do not follow protocols in executing the bloody war on drugs, Mr. Guevarra has failed to mention that the justice department is all but an enabler of the widely-criticized war, as it failed to hold the abusive authorities to account. Moreover, Mr. Guevarra didn’t mention that it was no less than President Duterte who encouraged authorities to shoot drug addicts at the expense of human rights,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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