October, 2011

"All-out justice" is all-out war

"Justice is justice, it cannot mean anything else. Definitely, it cannot mean war,” claimed Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of human rights group Karapatan, in reaction to Pres. Aquino’s declaration of “all-out justice” in the aftermath of the series of incidents involving the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Karapatan warns against all-out war in Basilan and other Moro areas

“As in the past, civilians are likely the casualties of an all-out war against the MILF. Moro areas have been ceaselessly attacked by the military but that did not solve anything. It only fans centuries-old biases against the Moro people,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan.

AFP’s insistence on SCAA to protect mining corporations negates Oplan Bayanihan’s “people-centered” slogan—Karapatan

The AFP’s refusal to stop using Special Civilian Armed Auxilliary (SCAA) to protect the interests of mining corporations demonstrates the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, reacting to the statement of Colonel Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, AFP public affairs chief that SCAA “would enhance security in the area and would prevent a similar incident to happen.” Col. Burgos was referring to the NPA attack in the mining sites in Claveria, Surigao del Norte.

Karapatan calls for the immediate investigation of the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, PIME

Karapatan strongly condemns the killing of Fr. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian missionary priest of the PIME congregation, and calls on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation on the said incident.

Fr. Fausto Tentorio, an Italian missionary priest of PIME in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato. Sadly, Fr. Tentorio is the 54th victim of extrajudicial killings and the first EJK victim from the Roman Catholic Church under the Aquino government.

The President’s men undermine peacetalks—Karapatan

While President Aquino urges Myanmar government to further its reforms in the light of the recent release of some 120 political prisoners in Myanmar, the President’s men issued statements that Malacanang is not inclined to release political prisoners who are in various jails all-over the country for fabricated charges. 

Protecting Big Mining Corporations, Oplan Bayanihan's Style of Development

Jigs Clamor, Karapatan’s Deputy Secretary General said that, “The recent move by the military and the big mining companies to finance military-trained units of SCAA (Special Civilian Active Auxilliary) shows the AFP’s connivance with corporations that plunder the country’s mineral resources.”

KARAPATAN welcomes the release of the NPA’s prisoners; Calls for the immediate resumption of GPH-NDFP talks

“The release of Mayor Mayor Henry Dano of Lingig, Surigao del Sur, his two military escorts and the PNP/BJMP guards is a welcome gesture on the part of the NPA that should push the peace talks forward,” said Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan. 

Karapatan also looks forward to Pres. Noynoy Aquino’s release of political prisoners “as a sign of reciprocity” on the part of the GPH.  “The GPH should release most, if not all, of the 13 JASIG-protected NDF consultants. This will give impetus for the resumption of the talks,” added Clamor. 

 

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