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2010 Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

2010 Year-End Report on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines

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THE NOYNOY AQUINO government’s mantra of change is now unraveling its true promise – that it is but a continuation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s legacy of state terror, political repression and economic exploitation.

Barely four months into Noynoy’s presidency, there are already 20 victims of extrajudicial killings, making an average frequency of once a week. There are two victims of enforced disappearance, 16 victims of torture, 23 of arbitrary arrest and detention and almost 900 who were forced to evacuate their homes and croplands due to intense militarization.

One can remember that even before Benigno Aquino III took his oath as the 15th president of the country, he gave the impression of being committed to solve cases of human rights violations perpetrated under GMA. In his fi rst State of the Nation Address, he proudly announced that three of the six cases of killings which happened under his then monthold administration had been solved and that the suspects were already in police custody.

But nothing about Palparan and other military perpetrators of the thousands of extrajudicial killings under Arroyo’s presidency. Also, one of his spokespersons reassured the public that EJK is not a policy of Noynoy’s administration; thus making people optimistic that the human rights situation in the Philippines would improve.
THE NOYNOY AQUINO government’s mantra of change is now unraveling its true promise – that it is but a continuation of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s legacy of state terror, political repression and economic exploitation.

Barely four months into Noynoy’s presidency, there are already 20 victims of extrajudicial killings, making an average frequency of once a week. There are two victims of enforced disappearance, 16 victims of torture, 23 of arbitrary arrest and detention and almost 900 who were forced to evacuate their homes and croplands due to intense militarization.

One can remember that even before Benigno Aquino III took his oath as the 15th president of the country, he gave the impression of being committed to solve cases of human rights violations perpetrated under GMA. In his fi rst State of the Nation Address, he proudly announced that three of the six cases of killings which happened under his then monthold administration had been solved and that the suspects were already in police custody.

But nothing about Palparan and other military perpetrators of the thousands of extrajudicial killings under Arroyo’s presidency. Also, one of his spokespersons reassured the public that EJK is not a policy of Noynoy’s administration; thus making people optimistic that the human rights situation in the Philippines would improve.

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2010 Year-End Report
on the
Human Rights Situation
in the
 Philippines
 Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
(UPDATED VERSION)
 
The reproduction and distribution of informationcontained in this publication is welcome, as longas the source is cited and Karapatan is providedwith a copy of the publication or article in whichsuch information is released.Cover design by Tom Estrera III
KARAPATAN
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Contents
The Fallacy of Benigno Aquino III’sPromise of Change1Failing to Meet a Deadline:The Last Six Months of the U.S.-Arroyo Regime(January-June 2010)9Renewed Terror:Human Rights Situation under the Nine-Year U.S.-Ar-royo Regime15Triumph Amidst Adversities: People’s Struggle AgainstState Terrorism28Free the Morong 43!34 Who will Defend the Defenders?39Encountering the truth:The Kananga 3 killings42Kuliglig Drivers Defend Economic Rights48Controlling People:The “New” U.S. Counterinsurgency Guide52

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