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Philippine bishop wants investigation into police killing of 14 farmers

A Catholic bishop has demanded an investigation into the killings of 14 farmers during three police operations in the central Philippine province of Negros Oriental on 30th March.

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos said the victims lived within the boundaries of one of the diocese’s mission stations. reported they included a lay leader on the outskirts of the city of Canlaon, where eight men were killed.

“The parish administrator…can vouch for (the victim’s) moral character,” said the bishop, adding that he received information that the police did not even show arrest warrants.

“We demand a quick investigation into this and appeal to the authorities to restore peace and order,” said Bishop Alminaza.

“What’s happening? Are we still observing law and order?” added the prelate. reported the victims were killed during what authorities described as an “anti-criminality campaign” in Negros Oriental province, specifically in Canlaon City and the towns of Manjuyod and Santa Catalina.

Picture: Bais, Negros Oriental, Philippines. (Joseph C. Ceriales/Zuma Press/PA).