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President Aquino, taking questions during an overseas trip to New Zealand said that his human rights record “speaks for itself” and that his presidency puts human rights “first.” He also dismissed issues of human rights abuses to reporters by labeling the issue of human rights as “leftist propaganda.” In a press release the human rights group Karapatan had this to say:
“Mr. President, your human rights record indeed speaks for itself with 114 victims of extrajudicial killing (EJK), 127 victims of frustrated EJK, 70 persons tortured, 12 disappeared, and scores of other rights violations under your administration. These violations, plus the fact that your security forces are a miserable failure in arresting the Butcher Gen. Palparan, speak volumes on your administration’s culpability in promoting impunity and rights violations.”
Thus, said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general, on Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s statement before the New Zealand media. Palabay likewise scoffed at Aquino’s apparent emphasis on the so-called abuses committed against state agents saying that ‘they were pelted with human waste’ in the course of their work, “ as “a diversionary tactic that failed to answer the nagging questions on his administration’s commitment to human rights.”
He also purposely did not mention that on October 5, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police have mistakenly arrested, tortured and detained the 48-year old Rolly Panesa, a security guard whom they claim as the 61-year old “Benjamin Mendoza,” the so-called secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines in Southern Luzon. The President is no longer just an expert only in media spins but has already mastered the art of lying,” said Palabay.
Karapatan also said that Aquino’s statement shows his callousness towards the appeals for justice of the families and relatives of the victims.
“To brag about one’s dismal human rights record before the international community smacks of utter insensitivity to the victims and their kin’s plight,” concluded Palabay.