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Crusade for justice highlighted in a different kind of Santacruzan'

Evangeline, mother of EJK victim Beng Hernandez, as Queen of Justice A different kind of Santacruzan was held today by families of victims of human rights violations to highlight the crusade for justice. The traditional Santacruzan is held in commemoration of Queen Helena's crusade in finding Christ's cross.

"Just like Reyna Elena, we are on a crusade for peace and justice, but unlike her, we do not have our sons or daughters by our side," said Evangeline Hernandez, convener of Hustisya said. "Our daughters and sons have either been killed or disappeared under the watch of a cruel government and justice eludes us until now," Hernandez continued.

Hernandez' daughter Benjaline was killed by state security forces while doing human rights work in 2002. Six years have passed but their case in court has not prospered and those responsible for Benjaline's death are being coddled by their superiors in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

There was no Reyna Elena or Reyna Emperatriz in Hustisya's version of Santacruzan, yet there were Queens who bear the symbols of Light, Struggle, Freedom, Justice and Democracy.

Our mothers, our defenders: Rights group offer red roses for mothers of victims on mother's day

Karapatan celebrates mother's day by bringing together mothers whose children have been victims of human rights violations under the watch of the Arroyo administration.

Human rights activists joined by children relatives paid tribute to these mothers by offering them red roses as a symbol of solidarity. "We are one with them in the defense of human rights and the fight for justice," said Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information Officer, a mother herself.

Mothers of human rights violation victims affirm unity against 'terror ma' in Malacañang

Mothers of victims of human rights violations under the Arroyo regime who banded together under the banner of Hustisya! and Desaparecidos today called on the Filipino people to join them "in defending human rights by fighting the terrorist mother that reigns in Malacañang."

They came together to accept the tribute organized for them by human rights group Karapatan for Mother's Day.

Rights group urged military informants: Testify against masterminds of killings

The human rights group Karapatan urged military informants who bared military covert operations to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, to testify against their superiors who ordered the extrajudicial killings of activists.

Ruth Cervantes, Karapatan Public Information said, “We exhort them to walk the path of justice by testifying against those who masterminded the extrajudicial killings of civilians.”

Karapatan says CHR's high rating for Arroyo rights record is retraction of critical stance

The human rights group Karapatan expressed disappointment over the recent statement made by Chairperson Purificacion Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights giving the Arroyo government a high rating on human rights.

Karapatan said that the CHR has previously been exhibiting independence and is saddened that the CHR is now speaking in unison with Mrs. Arroyo's cohorts.