3 senators call for probe into killing of 14 Negrense farmers

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Three female senators called for an investigation into the killing of 14 farmers during police operations in Negros Oriental province.

In filing Senate Resolution 1034, detained Senator Leila de Lima said the spate of killings involving farmers in the country by police officers has become an escalating trend.

It must be checked and stopped immediately, added de Lima.

“These killings tend to prove the inability of the Philippine government to discharge its basic duty to preserve and maintain peace and order, and to hold accountable the perpetrators of crimes and abuses. They have cultivated a culture of impunity and lawlessness across the country,” she said.

Senators Cynthia Villar and Nancy Binay, who recently attended the Panaad sa Negros opening in Bacolod City, also sought a Senate inquiry into the matter.

“We will see when we get back, there probably would be an inquiry now if the Senate was not in recess,” Binay said.

Villar, for her part, added she will refer the matter to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.

Police authorities earlier said the farmers resisted arrest during the serving of search warrants for illegal firearms.