A job for next president

http://opinion.inquirer.net/86891/a-job-for-next-president

21 July 2015

LAST YEAR, President Aquino reportedly stated: “Good governance will be
my legacy.” Sadly, extrajudicial killings of people’s activists and
journalists, so prevalent during the regime of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo,
continue through his presidency.

We are dismayed to hear about the assassination of community activists
who demanded genuine relief and rehabilitation for victims of Typhoon
“Pablo.” First it was Cristina Jose in March 2014. Then just last month,
Ricky Basig was shot dead; elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion are
suspected of committing the murder.

Basig belonged to the Mandaya tribe and was also a member of Barug
Katawhan, an organization of Pablo survivors in Davao Oriental and
Compostela Valley.

Both local and international human rights organizations have documented
the complicity of state security forces in the killing of people’s
activists over the past decade.

We challenge the next government to seriously end these serious human
rights breaches which continue to make the Philippines one of the
deadliest places for activists and journalists.

—CAMERON WALKER, spokesperson, Auckland Philippines Solidarity,
ph.solidarity@gmail.com

Andy Whitmore (Whit)
Indigenous Peoples Links (PIPLinks)
Coordinator
Finspace, 225-229 Seven Sisters Road, London, N4 2DA
Ph: +44 (0)775 439 5597
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