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The human rights alliance Karapatan has condemned the recent spat of political killings by state forces:
As human rights groups and people’s organizations gear up for the commemoration of the International Human Rights day on December 10, the BS Aquino government opted to commemorate the event by going on a rampage, resulting to a series of extrajudicial killings committed by State forces, and in violation of human rights and international humanitarian laws.
On Dec. 6, 54 year-old Pedro Tinga, a farmer and a leader of the Mansaka tribe, was killed by elements of the 71st Infantry Battalion-Philippine Army at Brgy. Malamodao, Maco, Compostela, Valley Province. Initial reports from a fact-finding team of Karapatan-Southern Mindanao said Tinga, after he tended his farm early in the morning, was on his way to another piece of land he planted with corn when the soldiers fired at him. He instantly died of gunshot wounds.
Tinga was one of the survivors of typhoon Pablo in 2012, and was among the beneficiaries of Indug Kautawan, an organization of the survivors of typhoon Pablo. Tinga’s death is the 26th documented case of extrajudicial killing in Southern Mindanao, under the Aquino regime.
On Dec. 5, around 7 a.m., Aldrin Briones Rabulan, 44, was found dead around at Purok 2, Brgy. Tomagoktok, Del Gallego, Camarines Sur. Soldiers were still around him when a village guard saw Rabulan’s body, lying face down and with gunshot wounds on his back and feet. Residents in this village said they heard gun fires at around 4 a.m.
“We commemorate the International Human Rights Day with rage and protests over the morose record of the US- Aquino regime’s gross human rights violations in the past three years. We hold B. S. Aquino accountable for the extrajudicial killings and frustrated killings, enforced disappearances, illegal arrests and detentions on trumped up charges, tortures and other gross human rights violations affecting a great number of the peasantry, indigenous people and urban poor dwellers,” said Palabay.
A multi-sectoral protest march is scheduled tomorrow, December 10 from Blumentritt to Mendiola. The group is set to burn the effigy dubbed as “P-Noy Destroyer”, to depict the people’s rage against what it calls the destruction brought about by the Aquino regime on the people’s rights, lives, and livelihood.