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2012 Karapatan HR Report

2012 Karapatan HR Report

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2012 Year-End Reporton the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines5From Ampatuan to Arakan, to Tampakan:Continuing Impunity in Mindanao38Imprints of Violence:Shattered Lives and Disrupted Childhood52The CCT Con59
PLAN Bayanihan
, Noynoy Aquino’s “counterinsurgency” program, ablueprint for fascism, proceeded on its second year of implementation with less sugarcoating and with evident terror, in an attempt to silencethe people who are made more restive and increasingly militant by the unsolvedproblem of poverty, unemployment, economic dislocation and displacement.The fascist attacks of the Aquino government against the people is not accidentalbut by design.
 Oplan Bayanihan nears its self-imposed target of 2013 for its
rst phase, i.e., to endits identi
ed armed threats and their so-called supporters or mass base. Thus, militaryaggression is directed against members of people’s organizations and those in communities who are vocal against military atrocities and unabated plunder of the country’s resourcesby multinational corporations.2012 saw the intensi
cation of military operations and heavy deployment of troops in areasbelieved to be strongholds of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army(CPP-NPA). This has resulted in the forced evacuation and displacement of thousandsof indigenous peoples and farmers from their lands, and scores of cases of human rightsviolations, including extrajudicial killings, illegal arrests, torture and arbitrary detention andmilitary occupation of schools, chapels, barangay halls and clinics in the community.Killings are again becoming gruesome as in martial law years. Genesis Ambason, a triballeader in Agusan del Sur, who was shot and tortured to death, his head had shrunk dueto heavy beatings; and Ely Oguis, a village council member in Albay who was shot andbeheaded.Attacks against the people are marked with contemptuous boldness as in the case ofthe massacre of the Capion family where witnesses heard the AFP ground commanderorder his men to
nish off the two children who survived the shooting, so there will be no witnesses left.The Capion massacre typi
es the collusion of the civilian bureaucracy, the military and bigbusiness interest and, at the same time, an example of how the AFP turns its gun againstthe unarmed civilians when they fail to get their targets.
2012 Year-End Report on theHuman Rights Situation in the Philippines

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