Mark Ventura

A 37-year-old priest, Mark Ventura, was gunned down while talking to choir members in a gymnasium following Mass on the 29th of April, 2019.

The violent shooting took place in the municipality of Gattaran, Cagayan, in the Philippines

Ventura was an active anti-mining advocate and vocal supporter and aid to the indigenous communities within the region.

The unidentified assailants are suspected to be motivated by Ventura’s activism as just four months prior, another priest who was similarly an active anti-mining advocate was also gunned down.

The Commission of Human Rights in the Philippines has since called for justice over what is deemed the “brazen and brutal killing” as human and environmental rights defenders are being targeted with impunity under the Duterte administration.


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Region:Asia Pacific

Country:The Philippines

Department/Province/State:Cagayan

Sex1:Male

Age:37

Date of Killing:29/04/2018

Type of Work:Cleric

Organisation:Catholic priest at the Tuguegarao Archdiocese

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Environmental Rights, Extractive industries/Mega projects, Indigenous People’s Rights, Land Rights, Minority Rights

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