Two years have passed and yet President Aquino’s promise of rendering justice is far from being a reality. Worse, impunity still reigns as rights violations pile up as the government orders the massive deployment of troops not only to run after the NPA but also to protect the operations and profits of big foreign and local corporations.
“We condemn the continuing extrajudicial killings and the plunder of our resources that take away our rights, land and lives. We denounce the US-inspired and directed counterinsurgency blueprint Oplan Bayanihan.” – Karapatan (Click here to read more.)
“Before, we could work in our farms without fear. Life is difficult but we could still eat at least three times a day. We peacefully sleep at night. My children could still go to school. But everything changed when the soldiers arrived.” (Click here to read more.)
“Mindanao is faced with the crisis of the state of impunity and the calamity caused by Typhoon Pablo, which were both driven by plunder and the systematic violation of human rights for corporate and elitists’ profit and interests.” (Click here to read more.)
“There is compelling evidence that human rights defenders, in particular those advocating for land and environmental rights, are under serious threat, are constantly vilified, intimidated and ‘terrorized.’” – Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Click here to read more.)