Group slams continuing Palparan-type tyranny under the Aquino admin

MILITANT urban poor group Kadamay has claimed that continuing Palparan-type abductions and killings of progressive individuals under the Aquino administration only signify that justice for the victims of the wanted military leader shall remain elusive in the near future, a year since a Malolos trial court has ordered his arrest.

The group slammed the abduction of two government employees’ organizers of COURAGE (Confederation for the Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees) last December 3 in Metro Manila. Randy Vegas and Raul Camposano were blindfolded and then brought to Bagong Diwa Detention Center in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Vegas and Camposano, together with 30 other individuals, were charged at the Regional Trial Court Branch 64 in Labo, Camarines Norte with five counts of murder, one count of theft and one count of frustrated murder. Initial interviews with Vegas and Camposano and documents obtained revealed that the charges were filed in connection with their alleged participation in an ambush of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Maot, Labo, Camarines Norte in April 29 of this year.

Roy Velez, chair of Kilusang Mayo Uno-NCR and Bagong Alyansa Makabayan-NCR, and fellow union organizer Amelita Gamara were also included as respondents in the case.

“As long as Palparan remains at large, and abductions and killings continue to hunt progressive individuals, the Aquino administration has no right to claim that it has far better human right record than the previous administration,” Gloria Arellano, Kadamay national chair added.

“Illegal arrests, detention and even killings have hunted political activists here in Metro Manila– violations that not even the previous Arroyo had dared to do in the past in the National Capital Region,” she claimed.

Ten urban poor leaders and individuals in Metro Manila have been slain under the Aquino administration, compared to none under Arroyo. There were at least 13 victims of extra-judicial killings of urban poor nationwide according to Kadamay.

The group has also documented hundreds of urban poor illegally arrested under the current administration resulting from Aquino’s demolition rampage of urban poor communities.

“The super-body which Aquino created to investigate the unabated human right violations under his administration will remain inutile as long as the counter-insurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan exists. Just like during the previous administrations, red-tagging leading to the total liquidation of legal militant groups is a practice of this government,” Arellano said

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