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Heightened repression and rights violations mark Aquino’s 3rd year in power

President Noynoy Aquino with then AFP chief of staff General Ricardo David.

President Noynoy Aquino with then AFP chief of staff General Ricardo David.

The human rights alliance, Karapatan, has condemned the regime of Noynoy Aquino for its use of illegal arrests, kidnapping, torture, and killings during his three years in office:

“As predicted, the Noynoy Aquino government on its third year, went on a rampage against its own people, attacking communities and individuals who stand in the way of private, local and foreign big business which, Aquino, like Marcos and the series of “democratic” governments after the dictator, serves best,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan.

From July 2010 (start of Aquino’s presidency) to April 30, 2013, Karapatan’s documentation shows:

142 victims of extrajudicial killing
164 cases of frustrated killing
16 victims of enforced disappearance
293 persons arrested and detained
16 children killed, with ages ranging from four to 15

Karapatan characterized Aquino’s three years as “prime time for impunity as perpetrators, both under Aquino’s regime and from Arroyo’s, remain unpunished and are instead promoted to positions where they wield more power to attack the people.” Karapatan opposed the promotion of Gen. Eduardo Año, Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, Brig. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad, among others, who have pending cases for rights violations. “Aquino should also account for his inaction on the rights violations of the previous regime. It is not sufficient to point fingers at Arroyo only when it is convenient for Noynoy to do so,” Hilao-Enriquez said.

“With prime suspects missing or hidden, killings remain unsolved even with “high profile” cases such as the killing of Fr. Pops Tentorio, PIME, long time Philippine resident and Dutch volunteer, Willem Geertman, broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega, and the gruesome Ampatuan massacre,” added Enriquez.

“The victims of State terror and human rights violations are those who challenge inequality and oppression; and those who work to change all these. Three years of violence and trickery to cover up such violence is more than enough for the Filipino people. The people should stand up for their rights and stop the plunder, state terror and impunity that engender more human rights violations,” concluded Hilao-Enriquez.



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