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“Lack of accountability continued to facilitate unlawful killings and other human rights violations under the ... ‘war on drugs’ campaign”
The local police have yet to tag the incidents as election-related, but according to reports, the victims were supporters of a local candidate
The killings in Sorsogon came in the heels of the arrest and detention of five residents in the fishing community of Patungan Cove in Cavite
The victim was waiting for his car in front of a repair shop when two men on a motorbike arrived and shot him at close range
Of the 22 missionaries killed this year, 13 were priests, two were women religious, one was a male religious, and six were lay people
The men were on their way back to their office after working on a humanitarian response when they were caught up in the attack
Reports said state military forces killed at least 35 people and set their bodies on fire along with their vehicles
In a statement released on Monday, December 27, the prelate described the incident as "heart-breaking and horrific atrocity"
More than two dozen Myanmar civilians died at the hands of militias supporting and opposing the country’s military rulers by mid-December
The priest said the ICC decision is a “welcome news especially for the families of victims of extrajudicial killings"