Dominican JPCC holds Christmas solidarity with families and relatives of EJK victims

Dominican JPCC holds Christmas solidarity with families, relatives of EJK victims

In solidarity with the families and relatives of the victims of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) in Dagat dagatan, Navotas City, the Dominican Family for Justice Peace and Care for Creation (JPCC) organized a Christmas gathering at the San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish last December 15, 2017. Gracing the activity with their presence were Rev. Fr. Victor Calvo, OP, the promoter of JPCC – DPP, Prior Provincial Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay, OP, Rev. Fr. Delfo Canceran, OP and Rev. Fr. Patricio Hiwatig, OP. The personnel of the University of Santo Tomas-Simbahayan Community Development Office (UST SIMBAHAYAN), led by their Director, Assoc. Prof. Mark Anthony D. Abenir, DSD, facilitated the program and games for the said event. The Christmas gathering culminated with a sumptuous lunch, a simple gift-giving activity, and a discussion on ways forward and upcoming activities to address the injustices they have experienced.

Since the Duterte administration has taken its office last July 2016, its flagship program on the “War on Drugs” has led to the deaths of over 12,000 to 13,000 Filipinos according to human rights groups and various media organizations, such as the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and the Human Rights Watch (HRW). Most of those who were killed were suspected drug users and peddlers in urban poor communities. Such killings were done during Oplan Tokhang operations done by police groups and by vigilantes.

The Dominican Family for JPCC joins the call for an end of Duterte’s brutal “War on Drugs” and in upholding human rights and sanctity of life in the country. Last December 2, members of the Dominican family kicked off the celebration of the Dominican Month of Peace by holding a mass, a group discussion session,  and a candle lighting ceremony in commemoration of the victims of EJKs in Dagat dagatan, Navotas City. As follow up activities, UST SIMBAHAYAN will tap various community development units of the University to provide counselling sessions with the families and relatives of EJK victims and assist in the legal documentation of murder cases to be turned over to groups of human rights lawyers.

By: Ms. Jasmin A. Victoria (UST SIMBAHAYAN)


(20 December 2017)