By Joey Natividad
CITY OF NAGA. Bicol Region, 18July2013 (BicolToday.com) – About 250 delegates from 25 countries will gather in Great Eastern Hotel, Quezon City on Friday, July 19 to discuss the worsening condition of human rights violations against civil society in the country. BicolToday.com learned on Thursday, July 18 .
Coming into focus is the recent killing of suspected criminals by the police escorts and the various incidents of rights abuses on civilians and activists committed by state security forces nationwide.
The killing of two suspected members of the Ozamiz gang by their police escorts shows Philippine state security forces have not changed their martial law ways, the International Conference for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (ICHRPP) spokesman said in a statement Thursday.
“The incident has tell tale signs of a rubout,” said Teddy Casiño, spokesperson for the three-day ICHRPP..
Casiño compared the brazenness of the killing of the gang members to how the many other cases of human rights violations were committed.
“It shows how impunity in violating human rights still persist among police, military and paramilitary groups. They think they can get away with murder because hardly anyone is punished for extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations,” said Casiño, who had been sectoral Representative in Congress for nine (9) years.
Casiño pointed out, as an example, the promotion of a number of Gloria Arroyo’s generals and military and police officials who were given plum positions in the Aquino administration despite their involvement in a string of human rights violations and charges filed against them.
Casiño noted the “zero conviction of perpetrators of human rights violations despite Pres. Aquino’s promise to punish perpetrators has emboldened state security forces to commit more rights violations.”
He said the continuing culture of impunity is among the concerns of the international community and one of the reasons for the ICHRPP.
“The conference will look into the continuing practices of state security forces in systematically violating the rights not only of suspected criminals, but also of activists and political dissenters.” [BicolToday.com]