Casiño to PNoy: I’m not here to pick a fight but to set the record straight

PARTY list Rep. Teddy Casiño (Bayan Muna) today stressed that he is not picking a fight with Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III but just setting the record straight.

“Ang dating kasi e parang nag-mamaang-maanggan o di kaya e hindi nauunawaan ni Presidente ang human rights situation sa bansa. Kami pa ang tinutuya na makipagtulungan daw sa kanila para malutas ang mga human rights violations,” said the Makabayan senatorial bet.

“Pres. Aquino should ask Department of Justice Sec. Leila de Lima on how ardent we were in finding justice for human rights violations victims during her time as the chair of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and now as DOJ secretary. But the previous and even current administration has the habit of coddling violators and even promoting them to higher ranks,” said Casiño.

“In fact sa kaso sa pagpatay kay  Benjamin Bayles na Bayan Muna leader sa Negros, sina Private Firstkubli sa pangalang Roger Bajon at Ronie Caurino nang ma-check point ng Kabankalan police matapos patayin si Bayles sa Sitio Antolo, Brgy. Suay, Himamaylan City noong 2010. Bayles was  an active member of National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) and a Bayan Muna leader. He is also a  lay leader of Iglesia Filipina Independiente. The Adjutant General attended the hearing for the Bayles case for the first  time last Oct 25 at the Himamaylan RTC and confirmed the identities of the two soldiers. But this would not have happened if we were not aggressive in pursuing the case. Ganun din ang kaso kay Jonas Burgos at napromote pa nga ang sinasabing mga dumukot sa kanya,” he said.

“This is our situation when it comes to human rights cases. Concerned friends are advising me to let it pass and let the President have his way because they are saying that it is political suicide to go against the most powerful man in the land. But if I shut up, who among my fellow senatorial candidates will speak up? They all want to be on the President’s good side!” the solon said.

“Wala po akong balak na ipahiya si Noynoy ang punto ko lang po ay sabihin ang totoong nangyayari. Nananahimik po ako dito e tinuya pa niya ako mula New Zealand pati ang mga biktima ng human rights violations,” Casiño said.

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