First activist killed under Aquino condemned

MANILA, Philippines—Militant group Bayan (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) on Monday condemned the killing of a Bayan Muna coordinator in Aklan province and called on President Benigno Aquino III to act swiftly on the killing of activists.

In a text message, Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said Fernando Baldomero was shot dead early Monday as the victim was getting ready to bring his child to school.

Baldomero, Reyes said, was the first activist killed under the Aquino administration.

"We call on Mr. Aquino to condemn the killing and to use the full force of the law to arrest the perpetrators," Reyes said.

He added, "Mr. Aquino must send a clear message to state security forces that these killings have to end and perpetrators will be prosecuted. Heads must roll in the AFP, otherwise, the climate of impunity will continue."

Source: Inquirer

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