Press Release
October 13, 2017

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros' Statement of Support to the Church's Tolling of Bells vs. EJKs

I express my full support for the tolling of the bells activity led by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as we continue to pray and seek justice for all the victims of extrajudicial killings.

I also encourage citizens to join our local parish churches every 8 pm when our own bells are tolled.

Even as the government has suspended Oplan Tokhang, this does not stop the public from seeking justice on behalf of those who have been unjustly slain.

Those responsible still need to be held to account both for the upholding of the rule of law, and the prevention of future killings.

Let us continue to defend democracy and civil liberties, both collectively and individually. And pray that even as we seek justice for the victims and their families, that a genuine spirit of truth & justice comes alive.

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