Press Release – To insist on Gloria Arroyo’s right to travel as her “right to life” is the height of absurdity, insensitivity and injustice.
How about the right to life of Bsp. Alberto Ramento, Eddie Gumanoy, Eden Marcellana, Benjaline Hernandez, Arthur Orpilla, Dionisio Battad, Celso Pojas, Rebelyn Pitao, Fr. Cecilio Lucero, Maximo Baranda, Daya Manunggal Mandi, Roel Dotarot, Flaviano Arante, Elmer de la Cruz, Nonilon Gabani, Dr. Alice Claver, Atty. Juvy Magsino, Leima Fortu, Benjamin Bayles and the 58 victims of the Ampatuan massacre. They are among the thousand of peasants, workers, indigenous people, women, lawyers, students, Church people, activists, environmentalist who were victims of one of the bloodiest wars against the Filipino people. They are among the more than 1,000 victims of extrajudicial killings under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime.
How about the right to life of Jonas Burgos, Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeno, Honor Ayroso, Leo Velasco, James Balao, Nilo Arado, Luisa Posa-Dominado, Leopoldo Ancheta, Rogelio Calubad, Gloria Sioco, Celine Palma and Prudencio Calubid. They are among the hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances under GMA’s nine-year regime.
How about the right to life of Rolando Paniamogan, Ricardo Solangon, Muhamadiya Hamja, Mercy Mahinay, Antonio Roda, Freddie Ruiz, Delfin Pimentel, Prospero Agudo, Rogelio Villaresis, Eulogio Castillo, Rolando Laylo, Dario Tomada, Ernesto Dumlao, Manolito Matricio, Genoroso Granado Jr., Edgardo Lingan, Lambert Santiago, Raul Villar, Jesus Alegre, Selman Alegre, Elvie Apolonia, Emeterio Antalan and Leopoldo Caloza. They are among the 44 political prisoners who are sick; who need, but are denied of, immediate and adequate medical attention. They are among those arrested and detained under the GMA regime, being its most vocal critics.
They are the victims of the Arroyo regime. They are twice victimized by the Aquino government’s failure to act on the cases promptly. The government, when it filed electoral sabotage case against GMA, showed that it can act swiftly if it wants to. It was done, it can be done, and it should be done on all other cases filed against GMA. Pres. Aquino should ensure that Arroyo stays in jail and punished for the human rights violations she committed.#