Churches slam inaction on human rights

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The largest alliance of Protestant and non-Roman Catholic churches in the Philippines has scored the government for the continuing impunity and nonenforcement of human rights in the country.

This developed as thousands of protesters held a rally on Mendiola to mark International Human Rights Day on Monday.

In a statement, the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) noted that there were 132 cases of extrajudicial killings with “zero prosecution”  in the present administration and that military officers charged or implicated in abductions or torture were instead promoted.

“International Human Rights Day in the Philippines is a saga of human rights that is ‘good on paper’ … it is one of continuing impunity and nonenforcement of human rights laws,” the church group stated Monday.

The NCCP members include the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, Apostolic Catholic Church, Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches, United Methodist Church and United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), among others.

The statement was signed by Rev. Ephraim Fajutagana, NCCP chairman and the Supreme Bishop of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, and Fr. Rex Reyes Jr., NCCP general secretary.

“The recent promotion of military officers charged with abduction and torture, the unabated killing of indigenous peoples and environmental advocates and the vilification of activists speak volumes not of the state’s helplessness but of what Rep. Erin Tañada says is the ‘systematic inability to enforce human rights laws,’” said the church groups.

Prosecution witness

At a human rights forum last week hosted by the NCCP and the European Union, Raymond Manalo, a farmer who was allegedly abducted by the military in 2006, said killings and illegal arrests continued under the Aquino administration.

Manalo is a prosecution witness in the trial of two soldiers accused in the kidnapping of University of the Philippines students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

Former Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, a primary accused in the case, has yet to be arrested even as President Aquino earlier doubled the reward for information leading to his arrest from P1 million to P2 million.

The NCCP also said there was no truth to declarations that there were no more political prisoners in the country “as those in detention have been charged with other offenses except political offenses.”

“In the unrelenting moves to deny the truth about the grave human rights situation in this country, the NCCP is equally relentless in its belief that justice is neither rhetoric nor media mileage. It is making perpetrators of human rights violations accountable for their transgressions,” it stressed.

At the Mendiola rally Monday, a militant lawmaker accused Mr. Aquino of “knocking out our economic and human rights.”

“Today we are disappointed, saddened and angry because of the knockout,” Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Teodoro Casiño said. “Not just the knockout of Manny Pacquiao. But because under the Aquino administration, our human rights are being knocked out.”

Indigenous people from Mindanao sought justice for the killings of lumad leaders who opposed large-scale mining projects in the region during the Mendiola rally which was also attended by  a contingent of labor and peasant leaders from Southern Tagalog.

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez led the protesters in burning an effigy of a combined mining excavator and artillery tank topped by an effigy of Mr. Aquino that symbolized large-scale mining and militarization in peasant and indigenous people’s communities.

Enriquez accused Mr. Aquino not only of turning his back on his promise to give justice to the victims of human rights violations, but also of encouraging rights violations through the promotion of military generals known for their abuses.

“We condemn the continuing extrajudicial killings and the plunder of our resources that take away our rights, land and lives,” Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said.

She said that of the 129 victims of extrajudicial killings that the group had documented, 69 were farmers and 25 were indigenous peoples. Most of those killed were antimining activists and lumad leaders defending their lands and the environment against foreign mining firms.

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  • EdgarEdgar

    This should come as no surprise. Noynoy does not care about human rights. He even readily abandoned the search for his dad’s killers just to kiss and make up with Tito Danding. Noynoy and his clan enslaved so many peasant farmers and deprived them of land for so long, 55 years in all and still counting. To top it all, Noynoy jumped into bed with the criminal clan of the Ampatuans just to gain more votes for LP in May 2013. In Noynoy´s calculation, nothing trumps personal and political expediency. Everything else is secondary. Even human rights.

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

      Since they have stollen the Malolos Republic money,
       
      over one hundred years time to become an cultural habit,

      but still, I will trust P-Noy as the less “evil” among the Trapos clan’s,
      even his uncle’s are the worst, and could be his father killers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

    Why not to start with the notorious thief’s killer’s,

    like Thomas Osmena death squad, or
    like the Durano’s from Danao, or
    like the Dueterte death squad, or
    like Consunji in Sultan Kudarat and around, a model role far the Ampatuan’s,
    like the Enrile’s, father and son, or
    like the Tito’s Cojuango’s and family, or
    like the Licio Tan and
    others Trapos, one by one

    the endless list of high flight, highly respected filthy rich notorious Gangster’s
    who are a shame to the Country

  • calipso_2100

    Churches???

    How bout the priests who have molested children, priests with scandals?  What has the Church done?  Yes, you have protected, defended and cradled them.  How about the rights of their victims?

    HYPOCRITES.

  • ever green

    F UCK THE CHURCH!!!!!! In history, how many have been killed in the name of the f****ing Church!!!!!! Sa Pinas lang, How many were killed during the spanish era because of the church!!!! hyprocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

      I agree with you, 
      but should also consider the first ten years of the Americans
      killing hundreds time more, 40% of the population.
      Everything don’t belongs to the religious colonial heritage
      was erased for ever.
      McArthur Douglas finished the job, erasing cities and inhabitant,
      burning all the Library as books are bad for slave,
      this sad History still lasting with the fake text books, a neocolonial spirit.

      Since then Pinoy’s are rootless, and culturally errant.
      An excellent Janitor’s supplier…

      • ever green

        ouch….but right on bro….not only have they murdered a lot of filipinos, they did more damage by changing the culture thru their so called faith …

      • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

        this was a Spanish job, thank’s a perverse and perverted Clergy,
        but they study the different cultures, 
        American’s erased them with the very same soldiers responsible
        of the Amerindians last genocide in the US,
        Arthur McArthur, Douglas Father, became an Hero(Medal of Honor)
        as doing the job with excellency ! Same later on for Douglas, 
        shamelessly, travestied into a Philippines HERO, amazing !

        The Filipino’s gullible reputation is understandable, 
        and ad on that the fake Clergy and some other manifest abuses.
        Since Magellan, right is wrong and vis versa,
        everybody will get lost with that kind of medicine injection.

  • pfc_kulapu

    “National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP)”
    Another front organization by CPP..
    You better concentrate atrocities perpetrated by your own group.
    Like extortion, robbery, torture, murder, rape by your commander against your own
    comrade amazon.

    BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES…
    SALOT NG BANSA….
    MGA KSP…

  • pfc_kulapu

    DON’T VOTE TEDDY CASINO, KUMONISTANG NUMERO UNO…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.aamproz Alexander Aamproz

      Can’t be worst than the Trapos.

      No more Trapos  =  no more communists, no more insurrections.

      The Trapos are among the World most disgusting “elites” !

      In fact, “elites” is already an gangster usurpation.

      Look at the hundreds alike the Jalosjos, Ampatuan’s or Consunji’s.

      Personally I will prefer the Leonardo Co, Ortegas(Palawan), Jesse Robredo,
      most of the INQUIRER columnist’s, Grace Padaca, Panlilio, Heidi Mendoza, and so many other, really brilliant !

      Jose Rizal should be an “Elites” model, 
      compare him with an Danding Cojuangco
      is an almost illiterate gangster.

  • Your_King

    What Aquino has done for human rights in the Philippines is all touch and go and superficial. He hasn’t dedicated much time to this issue. The only thing he’s done is minimal just to say he did something. He talks about his accomplishments as if to brag but most of his accomplishments aren’t tangible and doesn’t reach the poor masses in the Philippines. There are surveys of the Philippines being a good potential for investments yet there aren’t any investments. The good that he speaks of are hold-overs from the previous Administration. Human rights is not being taken cared of just like the poor in the Philippines are not being taken cared of.

  • disqusted0fu

    what kind of president doesnt care about human lives??? no action about extra judicial killings, and always minimal action when it comes to natural calamities. self image over the rest.

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