CNA Staff, Jan 5, 2021 / 16:36 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Catholic and human rights groups have condemned the killing of nine indigenous group leaders, who were shot as authorities arrested protesters late last month.
On Dec. 30, government authorities attempted to arrest 28 people from the Tumandok indigenous group, an alliance of 17 indigenous communities in Tapaz and Jamindan.
According to authorities, the indigenous leaders, who were accused of being communist rebels, had opened fire on the police after search warrants were issued.
However, the archdiocese of Capiz expressed doubt that the indigineous leaders had fired first and the archdiocese’s Social Action Center demanded a full investigation.
“Show us genuine results founded on truth and justice,” the diocese said in a Jan. 3 statement, UCA News reported.