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Ginantihan sa slogan? Guevarra orders probe on death of 2 activists in Albay

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau Investigation (NBI) to probe the killing of two activists who were caught by police spray painting a slogan against President Rodrigo Duterte in Albay.

Guevarra already issued on Wednesday (July 28) Department Order No. 175 which “directed and granted authority to conduct an investigation on the killing of Marlon Naperi and Jemar Palero on 26 July 2021 in Guinobatan, Albay and, if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible for any unlawful act in connection therewith.”

NBI Officer-in-Charge Director Eric Distor was also told to “submit reports on the progress of the subject investigation directly to the Office of the Secretary within ten (10) days and periodically thereafter.”

Police claimed that a gunfight took place along Banao Bridge in Guinobatan when patrolling police caught the two activists spray painting an anti-Duterte slogan.

Human rights group Defend Bicol has condemned the police killing of unarmed civilians.

“Dissent may take on many forms, but to kill innocent unarmed civilians in the dead of the night for painting the people’s call is purely fascist and brutal,” read its Facebook post.