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Two years of Aquino presidency: Intensified military operations

AFP modernization budget aggravates HR situation, militarization

“This is where the people’s taxes go—to buy arms and ammunition to protect the interests of big business and landlords and against innocent civilians and those who defend their lives and livelihood,” said Karapatan spokesperson, Cristina Palabay.

Two years of Aquino Presidency: Increasing repression of political prisoners

Alan Jazmines stealthily  transferred to Bicutan jail 

Government authorities should immediately explain the sudden, stealthy transfer of political prisoner Alan Jazmines from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame to Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan early this morning of June 29. 

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairperson of Karapatan slammed the move “because it reeks of treachery. Alan Jazmines was not even allowed to call his legal counsel and the Custodial Center has not provided any reason for the haste in Jasmines’s transfer.” 

“The chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should likewise answer for the PNP’s action. We learned that she was with Supt. Cesar Magsino, chief of the PNP Custodial Center, when Jazmines was transported to Bicutanand that she knew of the plan days before. The CHR chairperson could have at the very least facilitated Jazmines’s request to talk to his lawyers,” added Hilao-Enriquez. 

Two years of Aquino presidency: impunity prevails

Killing of 3rd witness to Ampatuan massacre, testament of prevailing impunity under Aquino 

Karapatan today scored the reported killing of Alijol Ampatuan, the third witness in the Ampatuan massacre case to have suffered the same fate, as “it bears the seal of impunity prevalent under the Arroyo up to the current Aquino administration.”

Karapatan spokesperson and End Impunity Alliance convenor Cristina Palabay said “Alijol Ampatuan’s killing is a testament to the prevailing climate of impunity in the Philippines, where victims, their kin, and witnesses are silenced through summary executions and where justice for rights violations remains a distant reality under the Aquino presidency, as it approaches the 2nd year of term.”

Two years of Aquino presidency: Torture still in practice

Torture still used by the AFP under the Aquino govt

As the world commemorated on June 26 the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Aquino government continues to employ torture on political prisoners as in the case of Tirso Alcantara, a consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to the peace process.

KARAPATAN dares AFP to open military camps to prove Palparan is not there

“The print on my t-shirt has faded,” said Connie Empeno matter-of-factly.  Her shirt displayed her daughter’s photo with the call “Surface Karen and Sherlyn.”  Connie is Karen Empeno’s mother, and it has been six years since she started wearing the shirt during ‘camp searches’ to look for her daughter and during mobilizations to press the government to surface Karen and Sherlyn.

Image of Palparan in stencil being painted by members of rights organizations   

Karen and Sherlyn Cadapan are missing since 2006. Today, June 26 2012 marks the 6th year of their disappearance, as it also marks the worldwide commemoration of the United Nations International Day to Support Victims of Torture.

KARAPATAN and its regional chapters marked the day through a nationally coordinated “Search the camps for Palparan” to impress on the Aquino government “to go beyond press releases and get serious in finding  one of the most notorious human rights violator in this country,” said Cristina Palabay, spokesperson of Karapatan. It has been six months since Gen. Palparan was issued a warrant of arrest by the Malolos Regional Trial Court.