2011 Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines
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Sugar-coated Crisis and Terror
The U.S.-Aquino regime is a human rights violator. It carries out state terrorism against a people who resist exploitation and oppression, and
cannot be cowed. No amount of calling for ‘all-out justice’ can hide the truth that injustice and impunity prevail. Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s supposed ‘bosses’ –the peasants, workers, youth, women, indigenous peoples, environmentalists, lawyers, journalists, priests and other church people—are the victims.
In an attempt to mask the terror of Oplan Bayanihan, the Aquino government uses phrases of deception such as people-centered and whole-of-nation to describe its combat orientation. For even more positive effect, respect for human rights, winning the peace, people-centric, peace and development are added. But in theory and in practice, counter-insurgency and human rights are worlds apart. Unless one is only playing with words, which is what it is to this government.
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