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Army condemns killing of activist
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division has strongly condemned the recent killing of human rights activist Zara Alvarez in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3ID commander, said yesterday in a statement that they will fully support the ongoing investigation on the killing of Alvarez, adding that they welcome any information that can enlighten them on the incident.

“Like other quarters, we seek for the truth and we intend to utilize our full capabilities so that justice will be served swiftly,” Vinoya also said.

But the Communist Party of the Philippines condemned the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and government agents for allegedly carrying out the assassination Alvarez, 39, a community health worker and human rights advocate in Negros.

Alvarez was the second activist killed by state forces in a week following the assassination of Anakpawis chairperson Randall Echanis on August 10, CPP information officer Marco Valbuena said in a statement.

For several years, Alvarez was subjected to threats and harassment by the Duterte government which tagged her as a terrorist in the proscription case filed by the Department of Justice against the CPP and the New People’s Army (NPA) in 2018, it added.

The CPP statement also said that state forces circulated fliers and posters bearing her name and photographs accusing her of being an NPA leader in Negros, which is being strongly disputed by her colleagues.

Alvarez, according to a CPP statement, used to be the chairperson of Anakbayan-Negros, deputy general secretary of Bayan-Negros, and education director of Karapatan Negros, aside from being a political detainee in 2012 to 2014.*

 

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