PNoy ‘s HR record no different from GMA’s

HUMAN rights advocates yesterday condemned the wave of extra-judicial killings and disappearances during the first 100 days of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III.

“We hold President Benigno Simeon Aquino III accountable for the continuing human rights violations under his watch,” various human rights advocacy groups said in a statement.

Militant group Karapatan said Aquino administration has already claimed 14 victims.

Karapatan official Marie Hilao- Enriquez said the number of victims may surpass the 18 persons killed in the last six months of the Arroyo regime if the trend does not stop.

The group said there are still 388 political prisoners detained in various military camps and detention cells throughout the country, including the Morong 43 health workers.

Like his predecessor, it said, President Aquino made bold announcements on human rights, “but, sadly, these remain general statements without substance and real meaning to victims as his words are just empty rhetoric meant to appease the Filipino public and the international community.”

“We denounce the continuing militarization of rural and urban areas where most of the killings, enforced disappearances, abductions, torture, bombings and displacement of entire communities are being done by state and state-sponsored forces for the benefit of big business,” the statement said. D’Jay Lazaro

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