Philippines: Ensure prompt, thorough investigations of latest attacks against human rights defenders
Amnesty International is deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of attacks against human rights defenders and activists in the Philippines. On 1 May, Archad Ayao, an investigator for the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, was shot dead in Cotabato City, southern Philippines, by a still unidentified gunman. On 22 April, human rights worker and local politician Bernardino Patigas was gunned down in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. Hours later, several of his colleagues -- including Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay -- received threatening text messages from an unknown person warning them that they are likewise targeted to be killed this year.