NCTU-APL Leadership Condemns the Spate of Killings of Activists
Demands Justice for Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin
The National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Union (NCTU) and the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), together with its affiiates and allied organizations all over the country, condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin, president of the Davao City-based Network of Transport Organization (NETO), an affiliate of NCTU-APL.
Reports have it that at about 8:00 in the morning today, 2 July 2013, motorcycle-riding armed men mercilessly riddled Dodong Petalcorin with bullets, while he was about to leave the premises of his house for the LTFRB, where he was supposed to represent the concerns of his members that need immediate action or resolution.
His wife and children where inside the house when he was cut down by his assassin’s bullets. The clearly determined assassins speedily left the scene of the crime, leaving the lifeless and mangled body of the transport leader, bathed in his crimson blood. His wife and children were shocked at the sudden turn of event.
This latest killing is not an isolated case. More than a month ago or immediately after the May, 2013 elections, Romy Almacin, a Municipal Councilor of the Municipality of Governor Generoso and an Akbayan and an APL rural workers’ leader, was also shot dead in broad daylight in connection with his campaign against graft and corruption and the unbridled illegal drug trades, then, prevailing in that municipality. Before the said election, Emilio Rivera, a comrade of Dodong Petalcorin in the NCTU of Davao City, was also assassinated.
In all these killings, justice was never served and the culprits for the dastardly acts have not been identified and made to answer for their crimes. This is completely unacceptable. And we do not want to see the death of Dodong Petalcorin to be added to the longthening list of unsolved killings in this country.
We grieve with the family of “Dodong Petalcorin” to whom we offer our condolences. We vow to continue working until justice is served.
We call on all social movements to display their outrage over this violence, which are clearly meant to preserve the prevailing unjust status quo and perpetuate the interests of a privileged few.
We call upon the Aquino government to summon its forces to put an end to these killings which are annihilating not only the leaders of the disadvantaged sectors and basic communities but the aspirations of the toiling people.
We also call upon the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) headed by its Chairperson Etta Rosales, to mobilize its various instrumentalities and other concerned agencies of the government to investigate this spate of killings and unmasked the people behind this dastardly acts.
The murderers of Dodong Petalcorin may have killed a leader, but they will never be able to stop our movement from working for systemic reforms and build a better future.