The perpetrators obviously thought that they could get away with their atrocity. The only possible explanation for such impunity is that these people were confident somebody higher up would protect them. We hold the regime of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo accountable for what happened in Ampatuan. It was her regime that had benefited from the reign of terror in Maguindanao. It was her regime that had encouraged and nurtured the violence that led to the massacre.
Day: December 6, 2009
By ALEXANDER MARTIN REMOLLINO
As foreign mining investments continue to encroach into Lumad lands in Northern Mindanao, the military, through its Oplan Bantay Laya, intensifies its campaign to stifle local opposition to these companies. A fact-finding mission found that so far this year, 13 Lumads have been summarily executed while more were tortured and harassed by soldiers and fellow Lumads co-opted by the military.
By MARYA SALAMAT
Two months after the International Labor Organization conducted a fact-finding mission in the Philippines, labor-rights violations escalate in the Philippines, as highlighted by the death of Danilo Belano, a long-time labor organizer, who died while being tailed and harassed by military agents.
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Kabataan says the youth have an important role in the coming elections as more than 40 percent of the voters are young Filipinos. “The youth can even dictate who they want to win in the May 2010 elections,” says Rep. Raymond Palatino.
When Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita was quoted as saying that Arroyo’s first agenda if and when she gets elected in Congress is to pursue moves to amend the 1987 Constitution, it confirmed people’s suspicions that it was all about keeping herself in power.