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Political repression remains under P-Noy, son of a political prisoner - Karapatan

Today’s commemoration of the 39th year of the declaration of martial law is again an occasion for the President to reminisce the experience of how he and his family suffered under martial law. His father, Ninoy Aquino, was jailed for expressing his views against the ills in Philippine society, for criticizing the human rights record of the former dictator and for espousing democracy.  

NINOY, THE POLITICAL PRISONER REMEMBERED

What terrible crimes have I committed to deserve this fate? The magnanakaws are living it up…Is this justice? These questions assailed and kept me sleepless. – lifted from a letter to Soc Rodrigo, written inside a cell in Fort Bonifacio. 

KARAPATAN TO GPH: Stand by your commitment to release political prisoners

’’The release of political prisoners is not a pre-condition set by the NDFP for the continuation of the peace talks; it is a commitment by the GPH made last February in Oslo,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan chairperson and an independent observer to the peace talks between the GPH and the NDFP. 

Torture Victims are not Liars, P-noy, Punish other Torturers—Karapatan

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez challenged P-Noy “to punish other members of the AFP and the PNP who are likewise involved with the torture of those suspected as rebels, “terrorist’’ and their so-called supporters or sympathizers.‘’ According to Hilao-Enriquez “the image of the tortured Abdul Kan Ajid, suspected member of the bandit group ASG, calls to mind the 29 other persons who suffered torture under the one year old P-Noy government.”