Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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Baguilat slams ‘climate of fear’ in PH
by Press release

Ifugao Rep. Teddy B. Baguilat has condemned the growing climate of fear and steady breakdown of the rule of law in the Philippines given the spate of unsolved killings, including the murder of two town mayors in as many days this week.

“There is a climate of fear engulfing us. Priests and mayors are being killed after indigenous peoples and the urban poor,” Baguilat said.

Last July 2, Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija was killed in an ambush by still unidentified men in Maharlika Highway in Barangay Imelda, only a day after the mayor of Tanauan City, Batangas, Antonio Halili, was shot dead by a sniper during the flag raising ceremony at the city hall.

“I urge the Philippine National Police to recalibrate and even step up its law enforcement campaign and go after hired assassins,” he added.

Baguilat blamed the spike in the killings by unknown assailants to the ongoing war against drugs that has emboldened unscrupulous individuals to flout the law and just kill alleged drug users and pushers.

“Because nobody is being arrested, criminals feel that they can get away with anything, even going now as far as killing more high profile individuals in broad daylight and in cold blood,” he said.

“Now they are selling their service cheap to anyone who holds a grudge without fear of being caught, and that is because they know or feel that there is really no commitment on the part of the authorities to go after them,” Baguilat sai​d.

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