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    Killings, illegal arrests and detentions: BS Aquino’s kind of peace

    January 03, 2014—MONTERONA, Marcelo, 41, Farmer, Indug Kautawan, Maco, Compostela Valley
    January 12, 2014—TOLENTINO, Antonio, 62, Farmer, Aniban, Hacienda Dolores, Porac, Pampanga
    January 30, 2014—ORBINA, Henry, Worker, Cabadian, Sorsogon
    January 31, 2014—AMBONGAN, Datu Rolando, 39, Higaonon tribe, Katribu Partylist member, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte

    February 05, 2014—LAURON, Julieto, 41, Farmer, Kasama – Bukidnon, Valencia, Bukidnon
    February 06, 2014—RAYTERAN, Rosaldo, Driver, Albay People’s Org, Libon, Albay
    February 06, 2014—RAYTERAN, Rasty, 18, Youth, Libon, Albay
    February 18, 2014—ARCHIVAL, Noel, 53, Lawyer, Dalaguette, Cebu
    February 18, 2014—MIÑOZA, Candido, 47, Archival’s aide, Dalaguette, Cebu
    February 18, 2014—JAYME, Alejandro, 45, Archival’s driver, Dalaguette, Cebu

    March 03, 2014—LIGIW, Fermin, 29, Binongan-Tinguian tribe, Anakbayan/Kastan (CPA provincial chapter), Baay-Licuan, Abra
    March 03, 2014—LIGIW, Eddie, 45, Binongan-Tinguian tribe, Kastan, Baay-Licuan, Abra
    March 03, 2014—LIGIW, Licuben, 77, Binongan-Tinguian tribe, Kastan, Baay-Licuan, Abra
    March 15, 2014—CAPALLA, Romeo, 65, entrepreneur, PFTC, SELDA, Oton, Iloilo
    March 22, 2014—LUBIANO, Julio, 31, Small-scale miner, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    March 22, 2014—LUBIANO, Rene, 28, Small-scale miner, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    March 22, 2014—VIRTUS, Salem, 24, Small-scale miner, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    March 22, 2014—BRONDIA, Jesse, 35, Small-scale miner, Caramoan, Camarines Sur
    March 25, 2014—BUGATTI, William, 43, CHRA, CPA, BM provincial coordinator, Kiangan, Ifugao

    “These are names of 19 people killed as a result of the BS Aquino government’s killing frenzy in the first 13 weeks of 2014. This is the kind of peace the Aquino government pursues desperately to silence the vocal critics of his anti-people governance,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

    Palabay said, for the same period, Karapatan also documented 43 victims of illegal arrests and detention based on fabricated criminal charges, “But BS Aquino and his cohorts never ever acknowledged these human rights violations committed by the armed forces. Instead, the Aquino government continues to brag about and propagate lies that peace means people keeping mum and submitting to its policies and programs that spell death to the majority of the poor Filipinos.”

     “The peace that BS Aquino knows only fires up wars, as people clamour for concrete steps to address poverty and underdevelopment. Aquino’s duplicity on the issue of peace is further emphasized. On the one hand, he boasts of forging peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), while military offensives continue in Mindanao, victimizing thousands of civilians.

    On the other hand, he lies on his administration’s interest on the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), while his government illegally arrests peace consultants, right defenders and individuals, kills those whom he perceives as his government’s enemies,” said Palabay.

    Karapatan earlier called on BS Aquino to step down from office following the spate of killings committed by the armed forces of the BS Aquino government.

    The latest victim of extrajudicial killing is William Bugatti, a human rights worker and regional council member of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN. He also represented the Ifugao Peasant Movement in the regional council of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance. He was also provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist.

    Bugatti, from the Tuwali tribe, succumbed to three gun shots that pierced his heart on the evening of March 25 at Bolog, Kiangan, Ifugao. Bugatti was among the 28 people whose names appeared in a poster-target list by the 5th Infantry Division and the 86th Infantry Battalion Target List in Tinoc, Ifugao tagged as brains, members and supporters of the New People’s Army.

    Cristina “Tinay” Palabay
    Secretary General

    Angge Santos
    Media Liaison

    Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    2nd Flr. Erythrina Building
    #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Streets
    Central District, Diliman
    Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
    Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146

    KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.

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