I haven’t posted for a while, the reason is many but…
There many stories to cover, the impeachment process against Supreme court Justice (supposedly) to end soon, Mon vs Raymart, and the Spratlys (China vs the Philippines asking Uncle Sam for help), and many others…
But stories that fail to come up after years of being reported mainly by leftists and the victim’s families are the rising number of disappeared, killed and rights violated.
It remains an inside story in a newspaper, and lucky if it will be aired on TV since as of this date, 76 more people were killed not including hundreds left over by the now-imprisoned ex-president (or apt to say house arrest) Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This all falls under the new administration of Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
The recent statement by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) chief Albert del Rosario complaining that the aid to the country by the US government is being withheld because of the dismal record of the Philippines when it comes to human rights.
He said in an Inquirer article that increased foreign military financing (FMF) allocation to beef up Philippine defenses amid an increasingly tense territorial dispute with China, money that will be used to buy arms and munitions. But I highly doubt that if ever it will be released it will be used against the Chinese on the Spratly issue.
I also cannot believe the gal of the government representative telling the people abroad that the Aquino government has already addressed the issue of human rights. Since as of this date, no perpetrators have been arrested, or if there are any, the military or any government agencies are doing all they can to protect the accused and demonize the victims and their families. So long for the Aquino’s noynoying stance since he took office in 2010.
It has been common knowledge that victims of extrajudicial killings are the work of the state forces, claiming they were neutralizing their enemy since the ones who are being abducted later discovered killed are New People’s Army combatants when in fact they were civilians.
Some were abducted and never been seen. And the story goes that the state forces deny they were involved, and point their finger on the rebel’s side for alleged “cleansing of their ranks” as what they have been talking on the media such as with the case of the disappeared activists Nilo Arado and Luisa Posa Dominado.
The ones who were identified as culprits in the rising cases of political killings and harassment has been on the loose, and yes, the government keep harping they will arrest them, but sadly, they were not too eager to arrest the General tagged as the “Executioner” that spearheaded the abduction and rape two girls or put behind bars politicos tagged in killing a well-respected environmentalist.
It is sad to note that victims do not only include activists (whom the military refer to as communist fronts) but ordinary civilians as well including innocent children as what they have done in Capiz, and many parts of the country.
The Philippines which takes pride in itself as among the first democratic nation in Asia is among the notorious states that disrespect the rights of its people to live. It is still a country that is led by the government that is hell-bent on protecting the interest of the few and will do all it can to preserve the status quo of corruption, impunity, and complete disregard of its suffering people.
Asking for more money to buy guns and munitions bring shivers to the spine of the people in the countryside. They do not see the promises of growth, the development of the nation’s economy since they can barely feed themselves more so understand the economics and politics.
They were faced by massive militarization in the guise of running after the insurgents, but many cases show displacement are meant to clear the vast areas of the forests and lands for multinational mining, land grabbing, and so on…
Displaced and disposed of flocking to the cities still faces many dilemmas. No job opportunities available, no places to stay, and when they decided to make a makeshift house to cover their heads for a night, faced demolitions to give way for new buildings amidst the threat of bullets.
It is said that guns and deception are being used against the people to answer the calls for land to till, just wages, decent housing, education for all, and many more.
It is right to be furious when those guns paid for by the people, are being used against them instead of using them to protect them from outside forces. Another lies to spin, another mother loses a child, a child loses a parent, and the story goes in circles.
The question. What is to be done?