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Promotion of Morong 43 torturer, reminiscent of martial law heydays of military officials

Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan, at a rally in May calling for the government to end its culture of impunity (photo courtesy of International Coordinating Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines).

Karapatan pointed out the continuing policy of president Aquino to appoint human rights abusers, torturers, and murders within the Philippines:

Karapatan denounced the promotion of Major General Jorge Segovia by the Commission on Appointments, in the CA’s plenary session yesterday.

“The promotion of Morong 43 torturer Segovia is reminiscent of the Martial Law heydays of military officials, when rewards are given to those who commit human rights violations. This goes to show that impunity is alive and well, even after Martial Law, under Aquino,”

The Morong 43 filed civil and criminal charges against Segovia, former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and other top military and police officials responsible for their torture, illegal arrest and detention.  They likewise filed a complaint at the Commission on Human Rights. Karapatan, the Council for Health and Development and Dr. Alexis Montes of the Morong 43 also filed an opposition before the CA to express their opposition to Segovia’s promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General.

Palabay added that despite these charges that “bear grave and serious opposition and question on the integrity, credibility, competence and record of Gen. Segovia, the CA gave their rubberstamp approval for his promotion.”

“As the nation commemorates the 40th year of Martial Law declaration tomorrow, Segovia’s promotion comes as a stark reminder that the vestiges of Marcos’ Martial Law persists,” she concluded

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