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Reference: Rupert Estanislao, chair
The San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SF CHRP) is marking the 13th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) by renewing its vigor in upholding the rights of Filipino women against state repression, economic, and domestic violence and by continuing to highlight the atrocities being perpetrated by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and other armed groups under the guidance of President Noynoy Aquino.
“We are marking this day by pointing out that the biggest violator of women’s rights in the Philippines is none other than President Aquino and his war dogs of the AFP and PNP,” said SF CHRP Chair Rupert Estanislao. “Of the more than 114 political killings under Aquino 15 of those victims have been women or young girls. There have also been sickening cases of rape, gang rape, and molestation perpetrated by units of the AFP and by armed militiamen who are provided with weapons and equipment by the Philippine government.”
One example of the horrendous violence that the Philippine state brings against women is the disturbing case of “Mutya” who was gang raped by soldiers from the 16th Infantry Battalion on October 16th of last year. The victim, only 17-years-old, was drugged by soldiers and then raped at a military camp in Baras Rizal. Since her rape the military has continually harassed her and her family and at times has even offered cash bribes to get her to drop her case. Since the incident she has been driven into mental illness due to the immense trauma of not only the day in question but the days following her rape due to the lack of justice and continual harassment of her and her family by the AFP.
“Because of the worsening situation of women under the Aquino administration in the Philippines we are announcing the creation of a Women’s Desk within SF CHRP to help tackle the many-sided issues that Filipino women face in the Philippines and abroad.” Explained Estanislao. “With this step we hope to further uphold the rights of women and make sure that women’s rights are at the forefront of the greater struggle for human rights in the Philippines and abroad”
With the creation of a Women’s Desk SF CHRP strives to hold the Aquino administration accountable for its monstrous human rights violations against women in the Philippines due to their complicity in upholding the culture of impunity that is prevalent within the AFP, PNP, and various government armed and run militias. SF CHRP is also calling on the Aquino administration to end its disastrous “counter-insurgency” program, Oplan Bayanihan, which has been responsible for not only the vast majority of human rights cases against women but also is responsible for the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines in general.