Dear friends and colleagues,
"Amidst the Aquino government’s crisis brought about by the Mamasapano fiasco, extrajudicial killings continue. BS Aquino is again taking a “business as usual” stance with regards to the crisis he is confronted with and this “business as usual” air is reflected in the continuing violations of human rights. Just this month, Karapatan received reports of three incidents of killings from North to South," Cristina Palabay, secretary general of Karapatan said.
“The reports of both the PNP Board of Inquiry and the Senate on the Mamasapano carnage sidetracked the seven civilian casualties during the Mamasapano carnage and the hundreds of residents who were displaced during the operation. They, too, were victims of the US-Aquino’s botched Oplan Wolverine/Exodus. They, too, should figure in in BS Aquino’s accountability,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.
Among everybody else involved in the Mamasapano carnage, BS Aquino is most guilty of insubordination—insubordination of the people’s will and interest for truth and accountability.
Thus, it is totally absurd for Malacañang to threaten with sedition charges his “critics”—the people calling for BS Aquino’s immediate resignation. The people’s resounding call for BS Aquino to resign from office is his own doing. He brought it upon himself.
"The Aquino government has no respect for women," Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said as their group and other organizations staged a picket protest in front of the Justice Department in preparation for the international women’s day. "Among the 491 political prisoners, 43 of these are women who face criminal trumped up charges. We call on the Department of Justice to dismiss their cases and immediately release them," Palabay said.