"His government is shameless. He is impunity personified. His name is Noynoy 'Impunity' Aquino," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said on the eve of the International Day to End Impunity, November 23.
“There is madness going on right before our eyes with witnesses and potential witnesses being killed one by one. The Ampatuans may be in jail but their power has not diminished. They are still able to silence witnesses. But what is BS Aquino government doing?" Palabay asked.
Karapatan today reiterated its call to release political prisoner Miradel Torres. The call for release has become more urgent now. Torres gave birth to a 2.8 kg. baby boy at the Philippine General Hospital yesterday at 6:31 p.m.
Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said, “Both Miradel and the baby boy do not deserve to be in jail. In the first place, Torres was jailed on trumped up criminal charges. The arrival of the baby gives us more reason to push for the release of Torres.”
Karapatan cited international measures that should be followed in the case of Torres:
Political prisoner Maria Miradel Torres, 26, is expected to deliver her baby today, November 19, 2014. She was brought to the Philippine General Hospital yesterday for a check-up but she was immediately admitted after undergoing medical examination.
Higaonon Nermie Lapatis is a farmer from Valencia, Bukidnon. She is among the more than 300 farmers and indigenous peoples who are with the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao. So far, they have travelled more than a thousand kilometres now going to Metro Manila.
“Sharing similar experiences of landlessness, government neglect and repression, Mindanao and the Bicol region called for an end to BS Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. The two areas took the worst blows of military operations and the consequent human rights violations,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.