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May ganun! Karapatan says AFP, US could have fingerprints on Davao blast

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Although the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has already claimed responsibility for Friday’s Davao City bombing, rights group Karapatan insisted that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the United States (US) government could still be involved in it.

“We call on Pres. Duterte to ensure the protection of the people without curtailing people’s rights and to investigate the roles of the ASG, AFP and the US in the said incident,” it said in a statement.

Karapatan explained that the AFP and US government were the entities responsible for the formation of the ASG.

“Historically, Abu Sayyaf Group and their acts have always been supported by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the US government, both had a hand in the creation of the said group,” Karapatan said.

“Time and again, bombings and the ‘terrorist’ bogey have been used to create situations of chaos, to justify gross human rights violations by the US and PH governments and the military, and to justify increased US military intervention and presence in the country,” it further said.

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