The police raids that swept across four provinces in Calabarzon on Sunday which reportedly left 9 activists dead is not connected with President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest remarks against communist rebels.
PLt. Col. Citadel Gaoiran, a spokesperson of the Calabarzon police, said this Monday as he defended what human rights group branded as a “bloodbath.”
“Nagkataon lang po na ito ay nangyari sa panahon na may statement ang ating mahal na Pangulo. Definitely, hindi po ito nangyari overnight. Ito po ay search efforts. Ito ay talaga pong vinalidate ang information bago natin inapply ang search warrant,” Gaoiran told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo.
Operations in the region yielded six casualties in Rizal, two in Batangas and one in Cavite.
In his meeting with anti-communist task force on March 5, Duterte told the military and police to ignore the human rights and” kill them (rebels) right away”.