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“You cannot escape accountability with another lie,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez in reaction to Gen. Eduardo Oban’s statement that there is “no HR (human rights) violations this year.” 

AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Oban earlier said in a news report that Oplan Bayanihan, Aquino’s version of GMA’s Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency program, is  “working” because it abides by ‘’human rights and international humanitarian law.’’ 

“It is an oxymoron to say that a counter-insurgency program is respectful of human rights,” retorts Hilao-Enriquez. “The ordinary folks, whom the President referred to as his boss, are the victims of Oplan Bayanihan—they were displaced from their homes and communities, harassed, arrested and detained, tortured and killed. 

Panata ng Dalawang Ina

Walang inang hindi maghahanap sa kanyang nawawalang anak. Kahit gaano man ito katagal o gaano man ito kahirap. Hindi mawawala sa puso ng inang tulad ko ang pag-asang mahahanap ko si Sherlyn at ang kasama niyang si Karen Empeño at makakamit namin ang katarungan. 

‘END IMPUNITY! Make Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo & Her Cohorts pay for Human Rights Violations!’ – KARAPATAN

Karapatan FULLY SUPPORTS the filing today, April 4, 2011 of the first civil case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and officials under her watch who violated the rights of the Morong 43 community health workers. 

This is just the beginning.  The filing of the civil case does not foreclose nor preclude the filing of criminal cases against her and her officials in the conduct of the nine-year counter-insurgency plan Oplan Bantay-Laya (2001-2010) which has claimed more than a thousand victims killed, abducted, perjured, jailed and tortured. 

GMA “butcher” sued by kin of two missing UP activists

Karen and Sherly's mother file charges against "The Butcher" Gen. Jovito Palparan.

A COMPLAINT supported by the human rights alliance KARAPATAN will be filed before the Department of Justice on the abduction, torture and rape of Sherlyn T. Cadapan and Karen E. Empeño, two University of the Philippines activists who have been missing since 2006.

Erlinda T. Cadapan and Concepcion E. Empeño, mothers of Sherlyn and Karen respectively, are filing the criminal complaint. Named respondents are MGen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. (Ret.), the so-called “butcher” of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, together with Lt. Col. Rogelio Boac, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, 2Lt. Francis Mirabelle Samson, Arnel Enriquez, Donald Caigas and several “John and Jane Does.” 

This is the first countersuit against Palparan after GMA’s term.  Palparan has been tagged as a promoter of extra-judicial killings which claimed more than a thousand lives under Arroyo. This was later criticized strongly by local and international human rights groups and denied repeatedly by state forces.

On the CHR resolution on the alleged torture of Melissa Roxas: IMPUNITY IN PERPETUITY - Karapatan

“If we have seen the horrible gross, systematic rights violations during the Arroyo regime, we should brace ourselves for the continuation of these violations and the rule of IMPUNITY under the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan,” so warned Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of the human rights alliance, KARAPATAN, commenting on the recent CHR resolution on the case of the alleged torture of Melissa Roxas, a Filipino-American, abducted and tortured for almost a week in May 2009.