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Bombing used to “clear” target communities

AFP armored units in Talayan, Maguindanao (photo by Mark Navales/Agence France-Presse).

AFP armored units in Talayan, Maguindanao (photo by Mark Navales/Agence France-Presse).

The Philippine human rights alliance, Karapatan, has highlighted the troubling and illegal use of indiscriminate bombings against local communities in order to clear them of the local populace:

The bombing of communities, especially the resource-rich ancestral domain of indigenous peoples, in northern and southern Philippines is part of the Aquino government’s war tactics as it intensifies the implementation of its own version of Oplan Bantay Laya, the Oplan Bayanihan.

On May 31 the Abra Human Rights Movement reported air strikes by the 503rd Brigade of the AFP which dropped bombs at Bolan/Pugopog, east of Barangay Duldulao in Malibcong, Abra. A bomb also exploded at the Allikoman ricefields, some 180 meters away from the residential houses in Barangay Alligang and in a ricefield in Barangay Lat-ey, 150 meters from the community’s powerhouse. Two minors, aged 13 and 17, were almost hit by the bombs.

“Bombing of communities is an act of desperation on the government’s part. When it cannot hit its target it resorts to retaliation through indiscriminate firing that hits civilians and damages people’s sources of livelihood and the environment,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan.

“The airstrikes are reminiscent of the past regimes that launched fascist attacks against the people. For this alone, the Aquino government contradicts its posturing that it differs from the past governments,” added Palabay.

“Three years in power is more than enough to prove that the hands of Noynoy Aquino are sullied with the blood of its own people who were victims of his counterinsurgency program and whose rights were violated. He could no longer point a finger and accuse anyone of these violations for he holds the rein. Enough of posturing, we say,” concluded Palabay.



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