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Even as the Arroyo administration is about to turn over the reins of government to incoming president Noynoy Aquino, six new extrajudicial killings were committed, sending a message that impunity is here to stay, unless the incoming Aquino government will do something about it.

UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston visited the country in February 2007 to look into the spate of extrajudicial killings. He cited the counter-insurgency program of the government and the failure to prosecute perpetrators as the main reasons behind the killings.

Statement on the Killing of Fr. Cecilio Lucero National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns in the USA We, of the National Ecumenical Forum for Filipino Concerns in the United States of America (NEFFCON), an alliance of Church-based individuals and groups in the United States of America, condemn the killing of Fr. Cecilio Lucero as an…

Despite public statements from Arroyo denouncing extrajudicial killings, there is a gap between her rhetoric and what it has done to address the killings, said the group from the Netherlands and Belgium called Lawyers for Lawyers. Whatever initiatives she has implemented have failed to produce actual results, it said.

In his follow-up report to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Prof. Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the Philippine government has not eliminated extrajudicial killings from its counterinsurgency operations.

The world is worried about the progress of the Philippine government’s compliance on human rights, this, despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s offer to raise P25 million as reward for witnesses to testify in order to solve the 1,013 cases of extrajudicial killings under her administration.

BY CHARMAINE P. LIRIO Bulatlat Leaders of progressive party-list groups and families of victims of extra-judicial killings filed today a petition for quo warranto before the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET), seeking to disqualify Retired Major Gen. Jovito Palparan from becoming a representative. In an interview with Bulatlat, Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano said Palparan…