MANILA - Former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Etta Rosales and several members of Akbayan Partylist on Monday wore black veils and lit candles at makeshift tombs at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani as they called for justice for thousands of people killed in the war on drugs.
Demonstrators dubbed the protest "Araw ng mga Pinatay" and said the tombs are meant to symbolize all those killed under the anti drug campaign of the administration.
The group called for accountability from the Duterte government and the Philippine National Police for what they believe is a failed war on drugs.
Rosales said letting the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency take the lead in the war on drugs is not enough since all those involved in the killings should face investigation.
"Ang tawag ni Presidente dito, collateral damage. Mga innocent lives ito. Huwag natin tawaging collateral damage, mga tao at may dangal," she said.
"Dapat magkaroon ng katarungan at hustisya sa mga bata. Dapat magkaroon ng imbestigasyon."
"Nananawagan kami sa Presidente, it's high time na may pananagutan. The Constitution calls for justice. The people call for justice," she said.
Akbayan reminded the public to pray for souls not only of their loved ones but also those who were killed and their families as the country observes All Saints Day and All Souls Day.