A HUMAN RIGHTS group on Thursday slammed a celebrity running for senator after he claimed extrajudicial killings (EJK) were not out of the norm.  

“This is not a movie, Mr. Padilla, where one just conjures fight scenes and be well after every shoot,” Karapatan said in a Thursday statement, following senatorial aspirant Robinhood Ferdinand “Robin” C. Padilla’s claim that EJKs have been there throughout history.

“We really need an iron fist here,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel, citing revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio whom he called “the first victim of EJK.”

Karapatan countered that “one cannot brush these killings aside as mere inevitable incidents in any anti-crime or counterinsurgency operation, with the victims treated as collateral damage.”

“We assert that any government-sanctioned operation or policy which authorizes and incites these kinds of crimes should not exist,” the group said. “Such a policy can never be considered as something good or acceptable in a so-called democracy.” — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan