From the Kabataan Partylist Blog
A day before the 2nd year memorial of the Maguindanao massacre today, Kabataan Party-list Rep. Raymond “Mong” Palatino today filed HB 5511 which seeks to mark November 23 of every year as National Day Against Impunity.
“The bloody Maguindanao massacre is symptomatic of the deeply-entrenched climate of impunity in the country. Thousands have been victims of various human rights violations and justice still has yet to be served up to this day. To mark November 23 of every year as the National Day Against Impunity is both a continuing reminder and challenge for the government and the Filipinos to end impunity,” Palatino said.
The Maguindanao massacre resulted to 58 brutal deaths including that of 33 journalists. It prompted the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to make the Philippines the most dangerous place for journalists.
Palatino said that the current Aquino administration has still not done anything substantial to end impunity. He cited documented cases from human rights group KARAPATAN which indicate that as of September 2011, the anti-insurgency program has taken the lives of more than 55 individuals through extrajudicial killings, not to mention the enforced disappearance of 8 individuals and the forcible evacuation of 4,224 residents from their communities due to militarization.
“Despite the protective measures and mechanisms enshrined in the Constitution, we continue to witness the brazen display of disregard and disrespect towards these fundamental human rights. Ending impunity should be a top priority of the Aquino government,” Palatino said.
Palatino also said that former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is facing possible arrest for electoral fraud, has many crimes to the Filipino people that the Aquino administration has yet to prosecute.
“It is welcome development, albeit the frustrating delay, that there are now concrete efforts to put Mrs. Arroyo behind bars. The Filipinos, however, should remain vigilant since there remains an impending threat that Mrs. Arroyo may escape justice,” Palatino said.
“Should impunity prevail, the Aquino administration is the one to blame. Non-prosecution of and non-punishment for Mrs. Arroyo and her cohorts are tantamount to betrayal of public trust,” Palatino added.
- Aquino Must Swiftly Bring Justice to Victims and Families of Maguindanao Massacre (politika2013.wordpress.com)
- [In the news] Philippines under spotlight on Nov. 23 ‘Day to End Impunity’ – asiancorrespondent.com (hronlineph.com)
- Arroyo’s Mugshot Now a Controversy (pochp.wordpress.com)
- [Statement] ON FIND’S 26th Founding Anniversary (hronlineph.com)
- Remembering the Maguindanao Massacre (akosijcmasajo.wordpress.com)
- [From the web] Mindy’s Musings: Blog Action Day to end impunity – en.wikipilipinas.org (hronlineph.com)
- P-Noy’s political will against GMA only, not the Ampatuans? (inbetweencolumns.wordpress.com)
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