Kin of victims of Philippine killings file court cases
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Families target alleged police and vigilante 'executioners' from govt's anti-drug war
Families of victims of drug-related killings in the Philippines gather outside the Office of the Ombudsman in Manila before the filing of cases against suspected perpetrators of the spate of summary executions in the country. (Photo by Maria Tan)
Families of drug-related killing victims in the Philippines filed charges in court on March 14 against alleged perpetrators of summary executions and police operations.
"We pray the courts will act with haste and show themselves as reliable places for obtaining justice," said Carmelite Father Gilbert Billena.
The priest leads Rise Up for Life and for Rights, a faith-based group that has been helping families of victims of so-called extra-judicial killings related to the government's anti-narcotics war.
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