By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL and
RONALYN V. OLEA
How can the government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines claim that it respects human rights when human rights defenders themselves are being the target of attack? How can there be claims of “change” when the lives of the majority remain the same, and even getting worse, and those who defend the rights of the poor and the oppressed are still being treated as “enemies of the state”?
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By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com After farm worker Benjamin Bayles was shot dead, Fred Caña, secretary general of Karapatan-Negros, exposed yet another case of extrajudicial killing. His advocacy for human rights and his exposé of cases of extrajudicial killings earned the ire of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In the middle of a radio…
Last June 14, 2010, Benjamin “Benjie” Bayles was killed in Negros Occidental. He was the 1,200th victim of what is seen a military campaign against civic society activists. Yet his case is different. For the first time, the suspects were arrested by the police. A dirty game is going on now. There military pressures to…
By RONALYN V. OLEA
They are usually the first to respond to cases of extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances in the Philippines. In a country where impunity prevails, these human-rights defenders have not been spared from the same atrocities that they are trying to stop.
BY KARL G. OMBION AND RYAN B. LACHICA Bulatlat.com The family of Perseus Geagoni, missing organizer of the Negros Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), now strongly believes that the Army was responsible for his disappearance. His name is in the military’s list of “rebels” or “enemies of the state,” it has recently been found. BACOLOD…