Call for end to military human rights violations
LEGAZPI CITY – Bicol is still reeling from effects of typhoons, yet devastation brought about by intensified human rights violations committed by the military are added burden to already suffering Bicolanos, Vince Casilihan, Karapatan-Bikol said.
According to Casilihan, Oplan Bayanihan (OPB) is P-Noy’s new version of GMA’s Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) masquerading as the counterinsurgency program of his government. Winning the heart and mind of the impoverished Bicolanos through Community Peace and Development Operation Program is the centerpiece of Oplan Bayanihan. This program’s primary purpose has long been exposed as just a tool to terrorize and stop the people fighting against the oppressive policies of the administration.
Data gathered by KARAPATAN revealed the growing list of human rights violation under P-Noy’s watch. His government battle cry of “matuwid na daan” is stained with blood and tears of victims including their relative and friends. In his more than a year as president, Karapatan national office recorded 48 extra judicial killings, five disappearances, 29 torture cases, 151 illegal arrest and 3,010 victims of forcible evacuation from rural villages, Casilihan added.
In Bicol alone as of August 2011, there were 24 cases of extrajudicial killings, 39 threat, harassment and intimidation cases, 18 unlawful arrest, 17 violation of domicile and 20 cases of abduction. The 2nd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army on July 21, 2011 using Oplan Bayanihan’s Community peace and Development Team conducted house to house supposedly to gather data on eleven (11) barangays of Guinobatan, Albay. Eventually, the activity resultedto massive human rights violation. Residents were forced to join the barangay defense system and military scouting. Noticeably were the cases of torture, Harassment and intimidation among the Guinobatan residents.
Bonifacio Nunez, a resident of Pioduran, Albay went to Karapatan-Bikol office yesterday morning. He suffered mauling that resulted for him to vomit blood and to have severe fatigue. Karapatan Staff even saw the victim vomit blood.
Human rights group fear that Oplan Bayanihan will intensify and strengthen its human rights violations in the Bicol Region.
Casilihan call on the local government units, and human rights lover to join us in putting an end to military atrocities and state sponsored terrorisms among civilians.
“We cannot just sit down and watch amid human rights violation. The three (3) day camp out and caravan from October 17-19,2011 which will be participated by 12 thousands Bicolanos all over the region is our urgent response”, Casilihan ended. BicolToday.com
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