LEGAZPI CITY – As the commemoration for the 38 anniversary of the declaration of martial rule nears relatives of human rights violations, particularly extra-judicial killings (EJK) and enforced disappearances organized a forum to one again call for justice for their loved ones.
According to Sonia Sta. Rosa, chairperson of Hustisya-Bikol and wife of Methodist Pastor Isaias Sta. Rosa who was killed by the state sponsored assassins in August 2006, “Our theme is “Pag-ibayuhin ang Paglaban sa Militarisasyon at Paglabag sa Karapatang Pantao; Kamtin ang Katarungan at Indemnipikasyon Para sa mga Biktima”, it a call and a challenge not just for us family, friends and relatives of the victims, but for the media, church and other concerned institutions.”
This is the case because it seems that we can expect nothing from President Aquino, who extended Oplan Bantay Laya 2 and is geared to implement another counter-insurgency plan that once again targets innocent’s civilians. In fact even under his administration extra-judicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances continue, Sta Rosa added.
To date there are 213 victims of EJK and 5 enforced disappearances from 709 incidences of human rights violations, which victimized 77,816 people in the Bicol region alone, which has the most number of victims of EJK in the country. We hope that there would be an end of human rights violations during this administration but it seems that we have to work for it on our own. Many pinned their hopes to P-Noy to uphold human rights but it seems that they are going to be disappointed, ended Sta. Rosa.