An Open Letter from Stop the Killings Network

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August 24, 2016

Friends:

Shalom!

The recent spate of killing incidents continue to rise as the “Project Double Barrel” anti-drug campaign of the present government of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte intensifies. To date, nearly a thousand cases of extra-judicial killings of suspected drug personalities were reported to be taken-up by combined efforts of our State forces operations and unidentified armed groups who are responsible for summary executions.

Such cases cause a social alarm that further worsens the culture of impunity in our land. The Duterte administration must do something to put an end to the series of extra-judicial killings in the name of its anti-drug advocacy. While we support the campaign against drugs, we stand firm in upholding due process and dignity of life.

In this light, various organizations come together to convene the Stop the Killings Network, a multi-sectoral campaign network initiative. As an initial effort, the network will be calling for a Metrowide simultaneous candle lighting activity against extra-judicial killings, dubbed as #LightForLife, on August 31, 2016 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in various schools, churches, workplaces, communities and areas where we can gather the most number of people who will stand with us in our advocacy.

The Stop the Killings Network invites your organization to be one with us and join the #LightForLife activity. You may refer to the attached Unity Manifesto of the network and be a signatory for this cause. We can also organize various forms of information drives, campaign activities and solidarity actions with your group to further amplify our demands.

Please feel free to contact the Network Secretariat at (02) 3535077, (0915) 5670410 or email us at stopthekillingsph@gmail.com. We are hoping for your positive response on the matter.

Thank you and more power.

In service,

(Sgd.)  CHRISTIAN M. YAMZON

Lead Convenor

[“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.” – Matthew 5:21]

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