Alarming trends of Human Rights Violation under the Arroyo Administration by Aurora Parong

Alarming trends of Human Rights Violation under the Arroyo Administration by Aurora Parong

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ALARMING TRENDS ON THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION UNDER THE ARROYO GOVERNMENT Presented by Aurora A. Parong M.D., Executive Director Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) at the Kapihan on the Human Rights Situation Today Hotel Rembrandt, Quezon City December 5, 2002   Stories from the Field I would like to start by sharing with you some stories from the TFDP files:   First story: “ Six people were killed  and seven wounded  in Davao City on April 15, 2002,  after soldiers (73 rd  Infantry Batallion) and CAFGU members attacked a  community where apparently a group of NPA guerillas was holding a wedding 
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ceremony.The … wedding was held in Sitio Pangyan, Tamugan, Marilog  District, Davao City and attended by about 30 villagers, including 10 children,  mostly members of the Matigsalog and Bagobo tribes. The soldiers attacked  and fired as the community was waiting for food to be served… A mother with  four children, including a . .ten-month old baby, was hit in the hips. .At the  height of the shooting, a witness recalled hearing someone shout: “  Sibilyanmi, sir (We are civilians),” and heard a soldier reply: “Mayrag  mangamatay mo kay NPA mong tanan (It’s good for you to die, for you are all  rebels).” Sitio Pangyan Massacre, April 15, 2002 TFDP Documentation File No. 02-DVC-002.   Second story: “A massive and series (of) aerial and ground attacks coming from OB-10  planes and MG-520 helicopter gunships by government forces supported by  ground artillery using 105 mm. howitzers and 81 mm. cannons or…called  Operation Thunderstorm” were intended to destroy the alleged camps of MILF  on October 12, 2002…The said operations brought hinterland residents of the  municipalities of Pualas and Sultan Gumander, Lanao del Sur in panic…what  was believed to be camps of the terrorist group, were indeed civilian--farmer  communities who were hit by indiscriminate bombing attacks particularly the  residents to evacuate to neighboring towns like Malabang and other  barangays of Pualas, Lanao del Sur….As of October 28, 2002, there are a  total number of 477 families who have evacuated to the different parts of  Lanao del Sur and Del Norte.” Evacuation in the Triboundary towns of Lanao Sur and Lanao del Norte TFDP Documentation File No. 02-LDN-003   When I was reading the first case, I thought I was reading a case during  Martial Law!  When I saw the second, I wondered – did I miss the formal 
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