Father seeking justice for daughter killed in Compostela Valley

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: The father of a girl shot by government soldiers during a military operation in 2007 was killed by gunmen in Compostela Valley on July 19, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center said on Tuesday.

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The center said Gregorio Galacio was shot by suspected state agents in Kahayag village, New Bataas town. He had been seeking justice for nine-year-old Grecil Buya, who was bathing in a stream when shot by soldiers who tagged her as member of the New People’s Army.

The Children’s Rehabilitation Center condemned the murder of Galacio.

“For seven years, Tatay Gorio had longed for justice for her daughter’s death. His family’s cry for justice is now even louder as another state-sponsored killing has taken over their family,” said the center’s executive director Jacquiline Ruiz.

“Tatay Gorio was an ardent advocate for justice, not only for his daughter, but to all victims of human rights violations. His death will be another case of extra-judicial killing of human rights advocates that will be lined up together with over a thousand of politically-motivated killings during the Arroyo and now Aquino administration that have eluded the wheels of justice,” she added.

Ruiz said Galacio was the family’s sole breadwinner and his death is another setback to his wife and three children.

“The Aquino government’s blatant disregard on human rights brings him to the persecution of the people. In his four years in office, he has proven through his blood-stained record that his government should be put to an end,” Ruiz said.

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