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Statement Read at the CHR hearing on the killing of Rebelyn Pitao

Mandaya Hotel, Davao City
April 1, 2009

Today, human rights advocates under the aegis of Karapatan, welcome the investigation of the summary execution of the young teacher, Ms. Rebelyn Pitao, by the Commission on Human Rights under the leadership of its current Chairperson Atty. Leila de Lima.

 

Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

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Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm over rising extrajudicial killings

The human rights watchdog Karapatan today decried the shooting of two women human rights defenders in Laguna and sounded the alarm over the rising extrajudicial killings.

Sabina Ariola, 51 and Adelaida Calosa, 48 was shot at around 8:25 AM yesterday, March 23, 2009. Sabina, who was hit in the abdomen died at 11 o’clock in the evening and Adelaida who was hit on the face is undergoing medical treatment.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, the attacks on human rights defenders Sabina Ariola and Adelaida Calosa,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Secretary General of Karapatan.

Arroyo tolerant of rapists and other human rights violators

She had set them free, they who have trampled human dignity.  That is how the human rights group Karapatan sees the policy of President Arroyo towards convicted, unrepentant rapists and her military
officials accused of atrocities against civilians.

Karapatan said that perhaps the only difference is that Arroyo wanted to give plum positions to her military henchmen like Gen. Jovito Palparan who not only remain scot-free but also offered several
government posts.

Justice for Rebelyn Pitao! Justice for all victims of human rights violations!

KARAPATAN human rights workers all over the country join the Pitao family and the Filipino people in mourning the brutal death of Rebelyn Pitao.

Words are not enough to express our sympathies for Rebelyn’s family and our outrage over the violence that state security forces have inflicted upon her.

Justice for Rebelyn Pitao

Karapatan strongly condemns the abhorrent and despicable abduction and summary execution of Rebelyn M. Pitao, the 20 year-old daughter of Leoncio Pitao a.k.a. New People's Army (NPA) Commander Parago.

“She being the daughter of a member of an armed party to the conflict does not warrant the atrocity done to her. The manner and pattern of Rebelyn’s killing bore the standard signs of the extrajudicial killings committed by the military. Only those state security forces could commit such treacherous crime,” Karapatan Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said. “This is a cowardly act; the perpetrators could not get her father in the mountains, so they abducted the daughter instead.”

At around 6:30 in the evening of March 4, 2009, Rebelyn was abducted in Davao City.  The following day, March 5, her body was found thrown in a river in Carmen, Davao del Norte.  Based on the initial findings of the autopsy conducted by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) Dr.Tomas Dimaandal, Jr., Rebelyn’s eyes were badly bruised and bleeding that may be due to a blow from a hard object. She had a 3-centimeter ligature mark in the neck. She sustained 5 stab wounds (possible weapon ice pick):  2 above the left breast, one of which hit the lungs; two wounds under the left breast, one of which pierced through the liver and another one in the diaphragm which also hit the liver.

 

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