Encourage LGUs to file resolution to stop Human Rights Violations
LEGAZPI CITY (Oct. 21) – Around twelve thousand, Bicolano militants from all over the region last Tuesday October 18, asked Vice-President Jejomar Binay to support their call against the militarization and corporate greed being perpetrated in the region. The militants have launched a caravan and camp out to respond to the call for global protests like the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, as well as to stop militarization and the moves for Charter change.
The militants told Binay that “Bicolano human rights defenders, freedom lovers, and nationalists who only ask for genuine progress and social services have now become the primary target of military surveillance, violation and repression.”
In Albay Province alone, 20 human rights violation cases were documented as of August 2011. 7 cases of extrajudicial killings, 4 threat, harassment, and intimidation, 4 frustrated killings cases, and 2 cases of torture. Among the controversial cases were the intensified military operations in the 14 barangays of Guinobatan, Albay when 2nd Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army conducted house to house interview allegedly to investigate poverty incidence and relief operation.
However, after the house to house interview, residents were subjected to interrogation, military fabricated tag names and aliases for people they have photographed and residents were forced to sign in a blank paper. Those who refused to be photographed were mandated to report 3 times a day in the military camp. Military were forcing some of the residents to admit that they are members of NPA.
Noticeably, were human rights violation cases like torture, harassment and intimidation. Livelihood activities of the residents especially the peasants were affected due to fear. The military operations of 2nd IB PA is now extended to the municipalities of Pioduran, Jovellar and Camalig, Albay.
The same situation is happening in other parts of the region part particularly in the municipalities of Bula and Goa, Camarines Sur, and Gubat and Casiguran in Sorsosogon.
Hence, the group call on Vice President Binay and the local government units all over the region to investigate the increasing number of human rights violations in their respective areas, file resolutions calling for a stop to human rights violations, conduct committee hearings, dialogues, and consultations among the victims, and help and participate in bringing justice to the victims.
Furthermore, the group express fear that government units like DILG, DSWD, DPWH, and DOH are being use by the military for the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan through Civil Military Operation and Community Peace and Development Program so that OPB will be acceptable to the impoverished Bicolanos.
Lastly, the militants encourage all local government units to deliver social services not the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Social services should not be used by the AFP as psy-war weapon vs Bicolanos.
The group hope and appeal to Governor Joey Salceda and the provincial government of Albay to take the lead in putting an end to Oplan Bayanihan and human rights violations. BicolToday.com
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