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Palace ‘perturbed’ by massacre of sugar workers in Negros Occidental

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang said on Sunday it is “deeply perturbed” over the killings of sugar workers in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

At least nine members of the National Federation of Sugar Workers were shot dead by armed men in the province Saturday night.

“The Office of the President adheres to the principle that the right to life shall remain unthreatened by proprietary interests, and this extends to agrarian settings,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Panelo assured families of the victims that the Duterte administration “will enforce the full wrath of the law against its perpetrators.”

The government, he added, already ordered the police to conduct a “thorough and impartial” investigation into the “dastardly act.”