Press Statement
March 17, 2015

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

Karapatan: Our country is in dire need for change. Now.

http://www.karapatan.org/Our+country+is+in+dire+need+for+change.+Now.

Among everybody else involved in the Mamasapano carnage, BS Aquino is most guilty of insubordination—insubordination of the people’s will and interest for truth and accountability.

Thus, it is totally absurd for Malacañang to threaten with sedition charges his “critics”—the people calling for BS Aquino’s immediate resignation. The people’s resounding call for BS Aquino to resign from office is his own doing. He brought it upon himself.

BS Aquino fanned the flames of people’s anger with his treachery that resulted in the death of 44 SAF troopers, 18 MILF members and seven civilians.

For the nth time, Aquino proved to be a devious president by violating his own chain of command by giving his ‘kabarkada’, suspended PNP Director Alan Purisima, the authority to lead “Oplan Wolverine/Exodus”. Since then, he has not stopped spewing lies.

Almost two months after the incident, close to a hundred thousand people fled their homes for safety as the BS Aquino regime, in a bid to divert public attention, launched the so-called all-out war against BIFF members—a clear case of tail wagging the dog.

BS Aquino stoked up the people’s indignation as he proved himself to be a servile bootlicker for allowing such operation in Philippine territory under the direct command of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency in the name of the US’s “war on terror”. To exempt himself and his American bosses from accountability, BS Aquino is now trapped in his own web of lies. And no one believes him anymore.

BS Aquino provoked the people’s call for him to resign when the stench of corruption, through the PDAF and DAP, enveloped the country; when he easily surrendered Philippine sovereignty to the US government by signing the lopsided Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that allowed the US government-US troops that put the Philippines in direct geo-political control of the United States through military ‘cooperation’.

BS Aquino stirred the people’s desire for a change of government and the need for a people’s council that would pave the way for genuine reforms and peace in the country.

BS Aquino showed the people the need for nationalist and pro-people leaders. The people have nothing to do gain with leaders like BS Aquino who surrendered the country to the US through lopsided agreements that brought forth “Nicoles”, Jennifer Laudes, environmental destruction such as the Tubbataha reef, the 44 SAF men who were used as pawns—these are the casualties of ‘cooperation’ with the US government.

BS Aquino showed the people the need for leaders who genuinely respect human rights and international humanitarian laws. BS Aquino may parade himself as a victim of human rights yet, as of December 2014, he is answerable for the 226 victims of extrajudicial killings, 225 victims of frustrated killings, 26 enforced disappearances, almost 47,000 victims of forced evacuations in poor communities, 106 victims of torture, and 491 political prisoners.

The Filipino people need leaders who need not suppress the people’s voices because they and the people’s voices are one. The people need leaders who need not use repressive measures such as Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan, a US-patterned counter-insurgency program.

BS Aquino showed the people the need for leaders who know the meaning of real peace. The people don’t need warmongers or saboteurs of peace processes like BS Aquino who continuously derails the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and unfailingly violated signed agreements such as the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the Joint Agreement on Security and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

The illegal arrest and detention of 15 consultants of the NDFP for the peace process is an indication of BS Aquino’s insincerity in pursuing the path to peace.

BS Aquino’s disrespect to the established peace mechanisms with the MILF has led to the Mamasapano carnage. The deliberate non-coordination of the GPH with the MILF in its pursuit of US-identified enemy Marwan has instigated anti-Moro sentiments among the people, putting the lives of the Moro people on the line.

BS Aquino showed the people the need for leaders who have the heart for the poor, not a landlord President whose hands are blood-stained by the massacre of sugar workers in his family-owned Hacienda Luisita; not a criminally negligent president who cannot respond even to the basic needs of disaster victims such as the survivors of typhoons Pablo and Yolanda. The people needs a government that can provide the poor majority of the Filipino people jobs and decent wages, accessible and affordable health, housing, education, and transportation facilities, among others.

BS Aquino moved the Filipino people to unite. He showed the Filipino people the reasons why he should resign, now!

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