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Wilhelm Geertman was a NGO worker and missionary based in Central Luzon who was assassinated by suspected agents of the Armed Forces of the Philippines or one of its associated paramilitary groups; he was also the second foreigner assassinated under president Aquino. Karapatan came out with a press release stating:
The pattern that preceded the killing and the manner by which he was killed resembles that of the many cases of extrajudicial killings under Oplan Bantay Laya and now, under Oplan Bayanihan,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan.
Hilao-Enriquez said that “prior to the killing, Geertman and people around him experienced surveillance; there were also threats and branding of Geertman as supporter of the New People’s Army and a member of the National Democratic Front. It’s not at all new. It has been the practice by the government and the military especially under martial law.”
Hilao-Enriquez said that, “these are only among the most prominent cases. There are numerous other cases victimizing lesser known peasants, workers, indigenous peoples, students and professionals. These are cases that cut across governments – from Martial law to Noynoy Aquino. And they continue, until this day, with impunity. Nothing has changed.”