"It's time you pay for your actions," say rights victims-complainants in impeachment vs BS Aquino

Relatives of victims of human rights violations were among those who filed the impeachment complaint against Pres. Benigno Aquino III yesterday, July 21.


"It's time you pay for your actions," said Concepcion Empeno, mother of missing student Karen Empeño, one of the 28 petitioners in the impeachment complaint against Pres. Noynoy Aquino.


Why the Continuing Detention of Andrea Rosal is Unjust

Andrea Rosal is a woman political prisoner whose only offense, if one would consider it as such, is being the daughter of the late spokesperson of the Communist Party of Philippines Ka Roger Rosal. 

Mother and Daughter

No justice, rights victims say of alleged communist leaders’ arrest--Hustisya

AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista earned the ire of victims of human rights violations after calling the arrest of alleged high-ranking NPA leaders Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria as “justice.”


“No way,” said Ernan Baldomero, vice-chairperson of Hustisya (Victims United for Justice), “we want plunderers, corrupt politicians and human rights violators punished, not the people who are part of the peace negotiations with the government.”


Mga biktima kay Bautista: “Bakit may mga tulad namin?”

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“Kung wala nang mga gaya ni Palparan sa militar, bakit may mga tulad namin?”

Ito ang tanong ni Ernan Baldomero, vice-chairperson ng Hustisya, bilang sagot sa mga pahayag ni Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, pinuno ng Philippine Army na wala na raw mga gaya ni retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan sa AFP. 

“Kaming mga kaanak ng biktima ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao ang patunay na pawang kasinungalingan ang pahayag ni Lt. Gen. Bautista na wala nang mga katulad ni Palparan,” dagdag pa ni Baldomero. 

Si Ernan ay anak ni Fernando Baldomero na pinaslang noong Hulyo 2010. Ang kanyang ama ang unang biktima ng extrajudicial killing sa ilalim ng gobyernong Aquino.

“Isang malaking kahibangan na sabihing wala nang katulad ni Palparan sa hanay ng military dahil patuloy ang extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances at iba pang paglabag. Bakit may mga gaya ni Fr. Pops Tentorio, Leonard Co, at  Juvy Capion?” ani Ernan Baldomero.

Family of political prisoner decries threat, harassment

Father asks President Aquino: “Who will be held responsible if something bad happens to my son while he is unjustly detained?”

The family of political prisoner Ericson Acosta decried threats against their son and their family after receiving text messages which said he or his parents might get killed on November 2, All Souls Day.
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Isaias Acosta, 79, father of Ericson, said his driver received a series of messages in the morning of October 24 and 25. The first message read: “ericson acosta is in danger he might get killed on all souls day please spread the news.” This was followed by a Filipino translation of the first message:  “please spread the news ericson acosta plano patayin sa araw ng patay. kung ndi man siya ay ang kanyang magulang n nktra sa anapolis cubao... Anonymous UST...”  

Ericson Acosta, 40, is a poet and journalist who was arrested without warrant on February 13, 2011 in San Jorge, Samar. Military elements accosted him for mere possession of a laptop.  After three days of interrogation and torture inside a military camp, Acosta was charged with illegal possession of explosive and was tagged by the military as a high-ranking NPA rebel.

Wala kaming kaaway. Matatanda na kami. Marami na kaming sakit. Mag- ootsenta anyos na ang asawa ko ngayong Linggo. Magbi-birthday siya na nakakulong pa rin ang aming bunso. Ito pa ba ang ireregalo nila sa kanya? (We have no known enemies. We are too old. We have many illnesses. My wife is turning 80 this Sunday. She will mark her birthday with our youngest son still behind bars. Is this their idea of a birthday present?”

Karapatan calls for the immediate arrest of Palparan, et al

Karapatan welcomes the resolution of the Department of Justice (DOJ) finding probable cause on the cases filed against Ret. Maj. General Jovito Palparan, Lt. Col. Felipe Anotado, Master Sergeant Rizal Hilario and Staff Sergeant Edgardo Osorio with two counts of kidnapping and serious Illegal Detention for the abduction of two missing UP students, Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan in 2006. The DOJ released the resolution on December 15.

GMA is P-Noy's smokescreen for rights violations under his administration

“PRESIDENT NOYNOY AQUINO conveniently uses GMA as a shield by endlessly harping on her crimes and wrongdoings as a subterfuge to evade taking responsibility for human rights violations committed by his administration and its inability to solve any of the country’s basic problems. No amount of political manipulation or attempt to project himself as a protagonist in the quest for justice against GMA can dispel the truth that he continues Arroyo’s legacy of state terror through Oplan Bayanihan.”Jigs Clamor, Deputy Secretary General of Karapatan, made the statement as human rights and people’s organizations led by Karapatan and Bayan marched today from Blumentritt to Mendiola to commemorate International Human Rights Day.

“GMA has been a convenient smokescreen to blur the spotlight on P-Noy.  For instance, Malacañang benefits from all the fuss about Arroyo’s transfer to the presidential suite of the veteran’s hospital because it hides the fact that his government has been sorely remiss in promptly prosecuting and putting Arroyo to jail,” Clamor explained.

Hustisya warns: “More human rights violations to come under new Army Chief”

"There  will be more human rights violations under new Philippine Army Chief Major General Emmanuel Bautista and Oplan Bayanihan," Cristina Guevarra, secretary general of Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) warned the public today.

Palparan, AFP officials still lying, witnesses say “Stop insulting the missing, tell the truth now”

Days after seeking resolution on the charges filed before the Ombudsman against their captors, torture survivors Raymond Manalo and Oscar Leuterio belied once more the claims made by retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and other AFP officials that they have nothing to do with the abduction and disappearance of the two UP students and a farmer in June 2006. 

Palparan and his men must face a swift trial towards imprisonment

Today is the first hearing in the Department of Justice’s preliminary investigation on the criminal case against Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr.  and the other officers and men of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the continued disappearance of Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.  "If presented with a chance, how we would love to let Palparan, Jr and the other AFP men feel the pain they inflicted on our daughters, but we know they deserve more punishment than that," mothers of the missing University of the Philippines students said during the hearing. 

Mrs. Erlinda T. Cadapan and Mrs. Concepcion E. Empeño filed criminal cases of rape, serious physical injuries, arbitrary detention and maltreatment of prisoners against retired General Palparan, Jr. and other members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines namely, Lieutenant Colonels Rogelio Boac and Felipe Anotado, 2nd Lieutenant Francis Mirabelle Samson, Master Sergeants Donald Caigas and Rizal Hilario.

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