October 19, 2016. Correspondent: Bones Tulang
Metro Manila, PHILIPPINES – Cases of crucified extra-judicial killings kept springing up in provinces here in the Philippines, sources say.
The spokesperson of PNP Director Bato Dela Rosa said yesterday in a press conference at the Matanglawin Hall in Camp Crame that they have now received 9 crucified cases of death under investigation in the provinces. Lt. Col. Bamboo Guwi also added that Gen. Bato expressed concern over the mode of execution. “Nakapako sila sa krus na parang nasa Kalbaryo. Kaso wala silang kasamang Hestas at Barabas. So hindi namin malaman kung si Kristo nga sila o yung dalawang magnanakaw,” Guwi said.
In the town of Polangui, Albay, residents saw the lifeless body of a man nailed on a cross labeled with a cardboard “Pusher ako, wag tularan” (see picture). This man according to the Polangui, Albay PNP was Romeo Julieto, 52 years old and had been tagged as a career pusher in Baranggay Balangibang of said town.
Lt. Col. Guwi expressed concern on the religious turn of these killings. “Para nilang sinasabi na etong mga pushers na ito ang tagapagligtas ng sanlibutan,” says Guwi. “Eh ang tangi lang naman nilang nililigtas ay yung mga shabu na wag maitapon sa PNP crime lab. Ang isa pa, hindi nga natin alam kung ang ginagaya ng mga nagpako dito ay si Hestas at si Barabas.”
Meanwhile the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has expressed alarm over this new trend. CHR commissioner Atty. Tooth Galo who is now assigned to head the newly-formed Crucified EJK Division of the CHR suggested that this mode of execution might be due to the strong Duterte support on the President’s heated conflict with the Roman Catholic Church.
“It is a known fact,” explains Galo, “that the President has recently criticized the Catholic church. Siguro eto yung pang-banat ng mga supporters niya na parang sinasabi nila, ‘Hoy mga taga CBCP [Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines], eto inyo!'”
Asked whether the CHR has evidence that these crucified EJK can be connected to DDS, Galo said, “We are still looking for evidence that they are connected. For the meantime we are trying to fashion our opinions so that they would be taken by people as fact.”