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IN PHOTOS: Memorial site for EJK Victims unveiled at La Loma Cemetery

A memorial site dedicated to victims of extrajudicial killings (EJK) was inaugurated at La Loma Cemetery in Caloocan on December 11.

The ‘Dambana ng Paghilom – Himalayan ng mga Biktima ng EJK’ (‘Shrine of Healing – Sanctuary of EJK Victims’) was initiated by the Arnold Jannsen Kalinga Foundation Inc. as part of its program to support families of drug-related killings victims.

According to the Foundation, the memorial site stands as a solemn space aimed at providing dignity and remembrance for those who suffered during the bloody war on drugs campaign by the administration of former President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This memorial is a dignified resting place—a manifestation that every person, whether alive or dead, deserves respect. This is what people forgot during the six years of killings by [former President] Rodrigo Duterte, where individuals were ruthlessly killed without mercy,” said Fr. Flavie Villanueva SVD, founder and president of the Foundation.

The priest said the memorial site is poised to become a symbol of remembrance and a place of solace for those grappling with the impact of the tragic events.

Former Justice Secretary and Senator Leila De Lima expressed support for the initiative, emphasizing the importance of seeking justice for all victims who lost their lives during the previous administration.

De Lima particularly stressed the role of the International Criminal Court in investigating cases of abuse and human rights violations in the country.

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“With our solidarity and God’s grace, we can start and enhance the healing of the families of the EJK victims. This is a momentous occasion, but without justice, there can be no genuine and complete healing,” said De Lima.

That is why we will continue to fight for justice and push for the International Criminal Court’s continued investigation into the murderous war on drugs by Rodrigo Duterte,” she added.

Former Vice President Leni Robredo, who was also present during the inauguration, expressed hope that the memorial would serve as a powerful symbol of unity in the pursuit of justice and a source of solace for the bereaved families.

“This shrine not only provides dignity to those who have been lost but also serves as a symbol that we stand with you. It’s a symbol that we will never allow this kind of killing,” said Robredo.

All photos by Jire Carreon

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