Intl HR Day countdown: #TuwidNaDaanWakasan | State forces raped women, 7 of 10 victims are minors
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Intl HR Day countdown: #TuwidNaDaanWakasan | State forces raped women, 7 of 10 victims are minors

publicinfo: Dec 06 01:43PM +0800

Press Statement
December 6, 2015

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

“Soldiers do not only kill, they rape children, too,” Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general said on the 5th day of countdown to December 10, International Human Rights Day. “Amid the rising political killings under the BS Aquino regime, 10 women have been raped by state forces; and seven of them are minors,” Palabay said.

“Soldiers and members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) undressed girls, as young as 12 years old, and raped them. None of the perpetrators of the documented rape cases have been arrested or brought to jail,” she added.

Valeriano Masaang Jr a.k.a “Striker” an assistant of an officer of the 2nd Infantry Division raped a 12-year-old girl in June 2012. “Nini” (not her real name) was using the washroom when Masaang, who was drunk, went in and punched Nini and started to touch her private parts. He threatened to kill her mother if she said a word. To further intimidate her, Masaang took out a knife and put it on the floor for Nini to see while she was being raped.

Elements of the 68th Infantry Battalion-Bravo Company, identified as Galot, Daniel and Jay-Ar raped in two separate occasions a 14-year-old Lumad girl “Tess”. The 68th IB Bravo Company was encamped in Sitio Nasilaban, Brgy. Palma Gil, Talaingod. The parents of “Tess” were away for a week to harvest corn in another village, leaving “Tess” and her siblings under the care of their grandmother whose house was used as a camp by some soldiers. On May 6, 2015 Tess was alone in her grandmother’s house when Galot entered and raped her. After Galot, another soldier, Daniel, also raped Tess. On July 4, Tess was playing with her classmates after school when Jay-ar, also a soldier, led her to a grassy portion of a field and raped her. The case of “Tess” was later used as an excuse by Congresswoman Nancy Catamco, the police and the Alamara paramilitary group to break-in at the UCCP-Haran where hundreds of evacuees were housed, including “Tess” and her parents.

On January 30, 2010, members of the 9th IB Bravo Company namely Alex Briones, Archie Vasquez, Gilbert Quinito and a certain Llagas, gang raped ‘Vilma”, 21, inside the 9th IB camp in Aroroy, Masbate. After the four soldiers took turns raping “Vilma”, Briones raped her again. After the incident, Briones sent messages to “Vilma” threatening to kill if she would tell anyone. Three days later, “Vilma” received a text message from Briones asking for a meeting because he had something important to tell her. Briones picked up “Vilma” and brought her to a lodging house where she was raped again.

“We believe there are more rape victims by soldiers and paramilitary forces but, they are afraid and ashamed to report or file a complaint,” Palabay said. “These heinous acts are not isolated cases that can be attributed to individual “bad eggs” in the military. The act of rape serves as a terror tactic to shame and silence women, their families and the community. This barbarism should be condemned, and military officials who employ this tactic in their counterinsurgency program should be punished,” Palabay said.

“BS Aquino will be held accountable for the rape not only of our nation but also of our daughters,” Palabay concluded. ###

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Hustisya NEWS: Jail Noynoy, rights victims and kin demand

Hustisya: Dec 05 09:14PM -0800

News Release
6 December 2015

Jail Noynoy, rights victims and kin demand

“Tuwid na daan, wakasan!” relatives and victims of human rights violations under the BS Aquino government said.

“BS Aquino should be held liable and put in jail for all his crimes against us,” the group Hustisya (Victims United for Justice) said. As part of the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, victims of state perpetrated violence gathered on Saturday at the CICM Provincial House to call for the jailing of Aquino.

“Sa dami ng kasalanan sa amin ng gobyernong ito, wala na siyang ibang lulugaran kundi ang kulungan,” (With the many atrocities the government committed against us, he has nowhere else to go but in prison) said Michelle Campos, daughter of Dionel Campos who was among those killed during the September 1 Lianga Massacre. The Lumad victims who were part of the Manilakbayan 2015 joined the relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and political prisoners.

“Three months have passed yet, the killers of my father Dionel, Datu Juvello Sinzo, and Sir Emerito Samarca are still free because of the government’s inaction. The Justice Department said the police could not serve the warrant because of fear. What kind of government is this?” the younger Campos said. “My family and hundreds more are still in the evacuation center in Tandag Sports Complex. We could not go back home because the soldiers have occupied our communities,” Michelle added.

Also at the gathering was former political prisoner Andrea Rosal,who was jailed because of trumped-up charges and for being the daughter of former Communist Party of the Philippines spokesperson Roger Rosal. “The BS Aquino government does not only kill but also jails innocent and people with noble intentions by inventing stories and evidences against them to rot them in jail,” Andrea Rosal said. She cited the case of Eduard Serrano, a consultant for the National Democratic Front who is in jail for more than 11 years now because of charges meant for a certain Rogelio Villanueva. “There are 561 political prisoners, 304 of them were arrested under the BS Aquino regime. Yet, the regime kept on denying their existence,” Rosal said.

“BS Aquino should be behind bars, instead of the political prisoners,” Rosal said. Rosal was detained for almost a year and arrested when she was seven months pregnant. Her baby died after two days from birth.

Other relatives and victims who called for justice were security guard Rolly Panesa who was illegally arrested, tortured and detained because of ‘mistaken identity’; Glenda Co, wife of slain botanist Leonard
Co; Aurora Santiago, wife of slain Dutch volunteer Willem Geertman; Nikki Gamara, daughter of political prisoner and trade union leader Renante Gamara; and Juliet Caloza, wife of Leopoldo Caloza, a consultant of the NDFP for the peace process. Caloza and Emeterio Antalan were recently convicted, also because of trumped-up criminal charges and in violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG). Leopoldo and Juliet Caloza lost a son during the Gloria Arroyo regime. Their son was killed by men of Maj. Jovito Palparan who, despite a clear case against him still enjoys life in a military camp.

The victims and their relatives committed to join the nationwide protest on December 10, International Human Rights Day. ###

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