- In an event that human rights groups are calling “Bloody Sunday,” at least nine left-wing activists and labor leaders were executed at their homes and offices this past weekend during a series of coordinated raids carried out jointly by the military and police, just two days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered security forces to “finish off” communists in the country.
- “I’ve told the military and the police that if they find themselves in an armed encounter with the communist rebels, kill them, make sure you really kill them and finish them off if they are alive,” Duterte said Friday. “Just make sure to return their bodies to their respective families.”
- “Forget about human rights,” the Philippine president continued. “That’s my order. I’m willing to go to jail, that’s not a problem. I do not have any qualms about doing the things that I have to do.”
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