Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based in Hong Kong are urging fellow migrants to join the call for an end to alleged extrajudicial killings under the fierce war on drugs in the Philippines.

The OFWs, led by UNIFIL-Migrante-HK, trooped to the Philippine Consulate as they feared for the safety of their loved ones back home.

“The innocent lives brutally taken are enough proof that anyone has to fear the almost-nightly raids by the police. The war on drugs of the Duterte government has given blanket authority to the police to murder anyone arbitrarily and with impunity,” said UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK chair Dolores Balladares in a statement.

Since Duterte took office, more than 3,500 people have been killed in gunfights where drug suspects had resisted arrest, according to police figures. The administration has repeatedly asserted that police only fired at the slain suspects in self-defense.
Balladares said that in line with the Global Call for Action by Migrante International, Filipino migrants worldwide are encouraged to speak out against alleged atrocities committed under Duterte’s war on drugs.

The migrant workers also added their voice to the clamor for justice over the death of the Grade 11 student Kian Delos Santos, who was killed by policemen in suspicious circumstances in an anti-drug raid in Caloocan City on Aug. 16.

Delos Santos’ mother is also an OFW who worked in the Middle East. She immediately came home upon learning of her son’s death.

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“As a mother, it is heartbreaking to go home to see your child in a glass and wooden box, seemingly near yet out of reach. And what of your efforts to work abroad to be able to afford his daily sustenance? It has come to nothing, because of the murderous state, led by Duterte, took him away.” Balladares said in a statement.

Duterte has said the teen’s death was “bad” as the killing was no longer part of the police’s performance of their duties. He, however, said the drug war would continue as it was his sworn duty to rid the country of illegal drugs.

This article was originally published at news.abs-cbn.com (http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/08/24/17/ofws-in-hk-seek-end-to-extrajudicial-killings)

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