It has been a year since President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was elected president. His and his government’s performance has been mediocre. Specifi cally, his campaign promises relating to human rights remain unfulfilled.
Noynoy failed to render justice to the victims of human rights violations (HRV) under the U.S.-Arroyo regime. No one during his first year in Malacanang has been prosecuted among the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention and military atrocities in the countryside.
Election-related violence and the continuing spate of extra-judicial killing, as Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) fails to meet its target of putting an end to the communist revolutionary movement, characterize the human rights situation in the Second Quarter of 2010.
The first quarter of 2010 is marked by mass arrest, detention and torture of health workers and farmers. Arresting security forces utilized fabricated charges and unfounded accusations. Consistent with 2010 as the end-year of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration's Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL), extrajudicial killing and harassment and vilification of legal organizations and personalities continue. Of special concern is the unexplained death of a civilian employee in the U.S. military barracks in Marawi City.
The years 2009 and 2010 are critical as Oplan Bantay Laya 2 (OBL 2) approaches its deadline. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) might very well rush to meet OBL 2 objectives, which are repeatedly stressed by Secretary of National Defense Gilbert Teodoro who is more hawkish than some of the generals. OBL 2’s thrust remains to be the “dismantling (of) the political structure of the communist terrorist group” through the neutralization (physical elimination) of perceived “enemies of the state”, whether combatants, activists of the legal democratic movement, mediapersons, lawyers and church people.
and the use of torture. Extrajudicial killings continue to be committed, with
Mindanao suffering the most number of civilian casualties.
likewise a cause to condemn because it merely shows clearly who are behind the
extrajudicial killings,” states Prof. Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur
on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
KARAPATAN Monitor is a quarterly update of facts and figures covering human rights violations. It aims to provide the public timely national data from reports gathered by the Karapatan national network.