HRW: Agusan del Sur town mayor, son killings ‘plain murder’
DAVAO CITY—Communist rebels drew flak from the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) over the killings of Loreto, Agusan del Sur Mayor Dario Otaza and his son who were found dead last October 20.
The HRW said it could not be justified and it was plain murder.
The New People’s Army (NPA) owned up to the abduction and eventual execution of the 53-year-old Otaza and the 27-year old Daryl, saying it was revolutionary justice.
“The killing of the Otazas—like other NPA executions—is just plain murder,” Phil Robertson, HRW deputy Asia director, said.
Robertson said while the rebel group frequently killed people found guilty by the so-called people’s courts, the trials were far from being fair.
“The NPA’s actions and claims of revolutionary justice handed down by people’s courts are flagrant violations of international law,” he said. RAM
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