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Kawagib Moro Human Rights Organization continues calls
on GMA’s ouster amid EDSA revolution memorial
ccun.org, February 28, 2009
||Kawagib Moro Human Rights activists' demonstration
Moro Human Rights group continues calls on GMA’s ouster amid EDSA
As the Filipino people relive today the 1986
EDSA revolution, the Kawagib Moro Human Rights Organization issued a strong
condemnation of the regime of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for
trampling on the spirit of the EDSA People Power.
other progressive groups in calling for the ouster of GMA.
The group is
appalled by a statement made earlier by Arroyo claiming that another People
Power would be unacceptable in the eyes of the international community and
the event which has brought her to power, EDSA II, was merely “tolerated” by
“It’s quite ironic that she is discrediting the very
thing that has, quite unfortunately, brought her to power. Filipinos must
never hesitate to come together to bring down a corrupt and repressive
regime at any point in history. It doesn’t matter how many times we have to
do it if only to safeguard our basic rights and freedom,” Kawagib
spokesperson Bai Ali Indayla said.
The group is convinced of an
‘undeclared martial law’ existing in the country today. “Never in recent
history of the country has human rights violations and political repression
been so rampant and largely left unpunished. The current regime is
reminiscent of the martial law era,” Indayla said..
She cites the
growing number of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and
harassments of people critical of the Arroyo administration and even of
those who are thought to be so.
Just about a week ago, a nun,
Sister Stella Matutina, and three other companions from the environmental
group Panalipdan were harassed by elements of the army’s 67th Infantry
Battalion in the Barangay Hall of Taytayan, Cateel, Davao Oriental.
“It’s very disturbing to know that the military can do this to a nun.
Ordinary individuals who cannot defend their rights could suffer worse,”
Indayla herself has been a subject of recent government
surveillance, which the group greatly condemns.
government is sending a message that none of its critics will be safe from
harassment and human rights violations it itself perpetrates,” she said.
Indayla said they are taken aback and dismayed by the government’s lack of
concern to the basic rights of ordinary civilians.
Kawagib denounced the all-out war policy launched by the Arroyo regime in
the face of the stalled peace talks between the Philippine government and
the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The war has ravaged the lives of
thousands of innocent civilians in Mindanao.
The efforts of the
current regime to protect press freedom and stop the killing of journalists
have also been nothing but superficial. Ernie Rollin, a radio commentator,
of Ozamiz City became the latest journalist to be murdered – making him the
1st journalist in the country killed this year and the 63rd since Arroyo
came to power in 2001.
“There are growing and valid
indications that this government is either tolerating or perpetrating human
rights violations. As freedom-loving Filipinos and in the spirit of the EDSA
revolution, we cannot allow it to continue its reign of terror,” Indayla