Statement, 18 July 2012 – Palace attorneys and mouthpieces glued to ivory towers should come down from the hill and see reality from the ground. It smacks of ignorance if not duplicity to conveniently invoke separation of powers this time and pass the buck to the courts for the government’s failure to punish perpetrators.
Have they become clueless to realize that the Executive through PNoy (Philippine President Benigno Simeon Aquino III) has all the police, investigative, and prosecutory agencies and commands all security forces like the military and the paramilitary who are credibly accused and persistently commit rights violations?
They should also not mix up between violations of human rights guaranteed and answerable by state agents and crimes committed by private individuals to make fallacious claims of its rights record. General Palparan remains to be Exhibit A for impunity.
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