Saturday, 12 April 2008 19:55 Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2008 20:57forum on 29 September 2007
Author: Pinas First
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Since coming into power in 2001, the Arroyo regime is systematically using political repression and committing the worst human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and massive displacement of entire communities with the blessings of Washington !
It has launched a "counter-insurgency" program called 'Oplan Bantay Laya 1 and 2' (Operation Plan Guard Freedom): This is patterned after the bloody CIA-instigated "Operation Phoenix " that was implemented in Vietnam in the 1960s to suppress the Vietnamese People's Liberation Army (Vietcong). And it terrorized the Filipino people to prevent any popular uprising. Not to mention the enforcement of Human Security Act (Anti-Terrorism) of 2007 effective 15 July 2007 .
To date, there has been more 863 documented killings and 187 missing persons, and thousands of families and communities were dislocated.
The European Union delegation, the United Nations special rapporteur, and several international fact-finding missions have already investigated, interviewed victims, families and witnesses, and submitted their own findings and recommendations.
All their reports agree that the political killings are being systematically undertaken by the State Forces.
In March 2007, the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT), found the US-supported Arroyo regime guilty of crimes against humanity. In its verdict PPT said: "The extension and the systematic nature of the violations of the rights of the Filipino people committed by the governments of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and with the support and full awareness of the government of George Walker Bush, qualify the same violations as crimes against humanity, with all the consequences for the persons who are responsible for them. Such violations must be stopped immediately."
The Arroyo regime has shamefully maintained a 'state of denial' and has clung on to the pathetic line that its enemies were responsible for the killings. But international and domestic condemnation for the killings and pressure to put a stop to it, have only mounted.
International solidarity continues to build up for the resistance of the Filipino people to defend their political, economic, social and cultural rights. Solidarity from peoples in Europe , North and South America , Asia-Pacific, Africa and Australia is putting great pressure on the Arroyo regime.
The latest of these pressures was the introduction of a proposal in the Foreign Operations Spending Bill of the US Congress to prohibit the use of US military aid against Filipino civilians. However, much still has to be done, as the killings and the violations continue.
Now, therefore in the light of the above, let us strengthen the confidence and ability of the Filipino people to win in their fight against the brutal attacks of the US-Arroyo regime, as the latter is becoming more isolated because of popular resistance and global condemnation by extending to them all possible encouragement and assistance in their just struggle.