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HK rights group condemns murder of Filipino peace consultant

31 January 2019

By The SUN

Malayao was killed with two gunshots
A Hong Kong human rights group has condemned the assassination of National Democratic Front peace consultant Randy Felix P. Malayao while traveling home to Cagayan Valley on a bus early on Jan 30.

Police reports say Malayao, 49, was shot while fast asleep aboard an Isabela-bound Victory Liner bus.

The gunman reportedly boarded the bus when it stopped in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, at past 2am and fired two successive shots at the victim, killing him instantly.

The police said the suspect immediately got off the bus then boarded a getaway vehicle described as a black Yamaha Mio sedan driven by another person.

The murder of the NDF officer was vehemently condemned by the Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines.

“HKCAHRPP holds the Duterte regime responsible for Malayao’s death. The cancellation of peace talks, the continuation of the all-out war, and targeting of activists, lead the violent march of his salaried goons,” the rights advocate said in a press release.  

“The cold-blooded killing of Malayao is the latest in a slew of attacks on peace-loving advocates,” HKCAHRPP said. “This brazen killing, on top of the attacks on other NDF consultants with trumped up charges, does not bode well for the future of peace talks.”

Malayao, a holder of an NDFP-GRP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees identification card, should have been protected from such an attack and arrests, the group said.

Malayao was abducted and jailed in 2008, during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term. He was heavily tortured before being released in 2012. While in jail, he conducted literacy programs for the inmates, HKCAHRPP said. 

He graduated from University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo with a degree in fisheries. He headed the official student publication there, Ang Mangingisda, and was a previous vice president for the Visayas of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.


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