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Philippine Human Rights Updates
Reparation for Martial Law Victims - Failure of State Duty Continues
Volume 20 Number 3
Saturday, 30 September 2006 00:00

by Daniel Conejar

Waiting in vain sadly describes the more than ten thousand martial law victims of whom majority suffer from poverty, disability, trauma, and old age.  In fact, some lead plaintiffs in the historic class suit have already died. In 1995, they won a class suit against the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The dictator was found guilty of   summary executions, torture, arrest & detention and disappearances (STADDs) of dissidents and mostly innocent civilians during his more than 20 years reign of terror under martial law (ML).

 
All Out War: Human Rights in a Time of Peril
Volume 20 Number 2
Friday, 30 June 2006 00:00

vol20-2_150_x_200Editorial

We at the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines condemn the recent pronouncement of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declaring an all out war against the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:01
 
All out war
Volume 20 Number 2
Friday, 30 June 2006 00:00
Last June 16, 2006, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo again declared war against the left. She stated, "While the revenues are the enabling mechanism for us to carry out our anti-poverty programs, the fight against the left remains the glue that binds. I am instructing the national security group to work with the DBM[1] on selected hardware and funding, aside from the five billion pesos per year modernization that will give the decisive edge against the NPA[2]. The timetable of six to ten years is too long."[3]
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:01
 
Summary Executions Intensifies in Mindanao
Volume 20 Number 2
Friday, 30 June 2006 00:00

Daniel Conejar
Island Coordinator for Mindanao
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

We see a nation where individuals, especially journalists, are murdered for telling the truth; where selfishness and lust for power are paraded as virtues; where the youth, who are the hope of the motherland, are pilloried as upstarts for heckling impostors, and we do nothing. – Conrado de Quiros


If we could map out the spots of summary execution in the country, it is in Mindanao where most incidents happened. Davao City remains the capital of summary executions; local newspapers have already lost count of the unsolved killings that happened there and has tragically become the order of the day that seems acceptable and concerns nobody anymore. We have observed how summary execution terrorized and silenced the people as much as during martial law. The only difference is that now the people are more silenced than terrorized - a seeming tolerance and justification for killing if it is for the preservation of social and political order. That is why we got an irresponsible statement from our Justice Secretary that collateral damage is inevitable, a pending anti-terror bill which disregards due process as a rule of law and a proposed charter change that regards human rights more as our duties than as a state responsibility. These are what the present administration wants us to believe and accept.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:00
 
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