Cops disperse protesters demanding justice for activist killed in Iloilo – Manila Bulletin

Cops disperse protesters demanding justice for activist killed in Iloilo

A cop addresses activists outside Camp Delgado, the Philippine National Police (PNP) regional headquarters in Iloilo City. The April 30 protest calling for justice in the April 2020 murder of activist Jory Porquia was broken up by cops. (Justice for Jory Porquia Facebook)

ILOILO CITY — Cops dispersed a group of protesters staging protests outside Camp Delgado, the Western Visayas regional headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Iloilo City on Saturday for slain activist Jory Porquia.

Bryan Bosque, deputy spokesman for the left-wing group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-Panay), was giving a speech when cops dispersed them allegedly because they did not have permits.

About 30 members of Bayan and allied groups of Gabriela, Anakpawis, Kabataan were outside Camp Delgado demanding swift justice for Porquia’s death.

Although there was no permit, Lucy Francisco de Gabriela claimed there had been an initial discussion with the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) regarding the activists’ plan to organize a protest action.

Porquia was shot in the early morning of April 30, 2020 in a coastal area of ​​Arevalo district.

Activists have claimed Porquia’s killing was carried out by government forces, which the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the PNP have denied.

“It appears the PNP is hiding skeletons inside the regional headquarters, but their stench can be smelled for miles,” Bosque said in a statement.

“Instead of harassing and targeting activists, the PNP should focus all its resources on finding and arresting those who killed Jory Porquia,” Francisco added.

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