Massacres should not define 2010 elections, says Bro. Eddie

November 24, 2009 2:40 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 24 — Presidential bet Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas Party on Tuesday said massacres should not define the 2010 elections and condemned the latest killings of at least 36 people, including members of local media, in Maguindanao.

In a press statement, Villanueva, a former human rights activist-turned-religious leader called the massacre as “a crime against humanity”.

“This is a symptom of the lawlessness that prevails in the country today. This must be stopped immediately by the authorities who are in charge. Massacres should not define the 2010 elections,” Villanueva said.

“Monday’s carnage in Maguindanao is too shocking to describe in human terms," he added.

Villanueva said while the Armed Forces of the Philippines has started its own investigation, the Philippine National Police should also launch its own probe.

“If the Maguindanao massacre will not be immediately given attention, it might set a ruthless and shameless precedent not only for the local elections but also for the national,” he said. (PNA) V3/jmc

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