Congress probes Rights abuses in Visayas

The premier human rights alliance KARAPATAN-Central Visayas welcomes the congressional inquiry set to be held this week in Cebu City to investigate cases of human rights violations committed in major provinces of the Visayas.

The human rights group commends the Congressional Committee on Human Rights, chaired by Rep. Rene Relampagos, for the timely response to scores of human rights abuses the group has raised before the legislative body.

“The inquiry comes in a most appropriate time when basic freedoms and liberty have come recently under direct and vicious attack from enemies of democracy, as demonstrated in the abduction, manhandling, and detention of Jimmylisa Badayos and Calixto Vistal, both workers of the Euroforrest Products, Inc, but whom the AFP misrepresents as NPA commanders,” said Dennis Abarientos, Secretary-General of KARAPATAN-CV. 

“It was doubly painful for Jimmylisa to be subjected to the same oppression suffered by his father Jimmy, a unionist, who remains missing after being abducted and detained at Camp Sotero Cabahug by Col. Panfilo Lacson ’s men on Oct.3, 1990.  This underscores the fact that Martial Law practices of government troops have not died with Marcos, but is very much alive and tormenting us today”, Abarientos added.

KARAPATAN expects these “Marcosian approaches” to be discussesed at length during the congressional on-site hearing here.

The on-site hearing will be held at the Conference Room of the Provincial Capitol, on Oct. 11-12, 2012. Among those who will sit in in the investigating panel are representatives from progressive party-list BAYAN Muna, ANAKPAWIS, and Gabriela.

Results of the investigation will be instrumental in amending laws and enacting new ones in defense of human rights.###

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