On the Job
“Although reports of targeted killings in the Philippines, particularly in Mindanao, are not new, the number of victims has seen a steady rise over many years. In Davao City, the number has risen from two in 1998 to 98 in 2003 to 124 in 2008. In 2009, 33 killings were reported in January alone. In recent years the geographical scope of such killings has expanded far beyond Davao City and other cities on the southern island of Mindanao to Cebu City, the Philippines’ second largest metropolis. An already serious problem is becoming much worse.”
“Hindi Presidente at mga Senador ang nagpapatakbo sa Pilipinas, kundi kami…kaming mga militar at pulis. Kung wala kami, matagal nang walang demokrasya sa Pilipinas.”(The President and the Senators are not the one who runs the Philippines; it’s us…the military and the police. If it is not to us, there would be no democracy in the country.)
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