President Benigno Aquino III made an egregious mistake two weeks ago when he appointed a recently retired police general, Lina Castillo Sarmiento, to chair the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.
The appointment to the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board of somebody from an institution that has systematically spawned rights violations (including various forms of violence against women) since the martial law period is an affront to Filipinos and all victims of human rights abuses.
By Conrado de Quiros
That was an interesting letter Joker Arroyo wrote P-Noy on the eve of the 28th anniversary of Edsa. Joker has a complaint, and that is the appointment of police general Lina Castillo Sarmiento as chair of the Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board.
By Rina Jimenez-David
I first encountered the now retired police general Lina Sarmiento when she represented the Philippine National Police in a forum on women and peace.
Nothing personal, but does Lina Castillo Sarmiento “have a deep and thorough understanding and knowledge of human rights and involvement in efforts against human rights violations” committed during the Marcos regime?
By Conrado de Quiros
I share Carlos Conde’s sentiments completely. Conde is the Philippine researcher for Human Rights Watch, Asia division, and he complains bitterly about Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s remarks at the Senate and the senators’ response to them.
The silent senators did not object to Davao Mayor Rudy Duterte’s remarkable pronunciamentos last Feb. 3, and are now dismissive of their implications.
Relieving the 10 policemen who reportedly tortured at least 29 detainees at a Philippine National Police (PNP) secret detention center in Biñan, Laguna, falls short of delivering justice for the victims.
Amid allegations of overpriced and substandard temporary shelters constructed for survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” we, representatives of Akbayan party-list, call on the government to shield the rehabilitation efforts from possible “disaster capitalism.”
Having marked the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) last month and seeing no signs that the rights situation in the country promises to be better in 2014, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers indicts President Aquino for the continuing human rights violations still being committed with impunity and for his nonchalant attitude toward the injustice done to the victims and their families.
The beloved and revered Nelson Mandela of South Africa has been laid to rest. But his legacy of leadership and sacrifice will always be remembered. In fact, he has earned his place in history.
All over media can be heard the agonizing lament of the victims’ kin, and perhaps the entire citizenry, that four years after the horrific Maguindanao massacre, the conclusion of the criminal cases filed against those allegedly liable is not even in sight.