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Isyung HR: A rights’ propaganda

Isyung HR: A rights’ propaganda

PNoy was quoted in several news articles saying “a very vocal leftist community in the Philippines is very good at propaganda on human rights but I think the record speaks for itself.”

I searched for the definition of the term propaganda for the sake of clarity. Natanong ko sa isang mokong, “What is propaganda?” he answered, “GMG -Google mo Gago!”

And so I did. According to Wikipedia…

“Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Propaganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaganda

Naisip ko, Oo nga, pwede nga naman. Pero kung ang documentation of human rights violations ang titingnan, propaganda pa rin nga kaya ang human rights issues sa ating bansa?

Sa ganitong lohika, Human Rights groups document HRVs to influence a result. Oo nga, to push government to perform its obligations. One sided? oo rin, dahil nakapanig ang mga grupo sa mga biktima. And human rights violations pertain to the duty bearer’s violations of its obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.

“Human rights violations occur when actions by state (or non-state) actors abuse, ignore, or deny basic human rights (including civil, political, cultural, social, and economic rights). Furthermore, violations of human rights can occur when any state or non-state actor breaches any part of the UDHR treaty or other international human rights or humanitarian law.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights

Sa aking pagkakaalam, International Human Rights standards and laws were set up in the context of States responsibilities and obligations in respecting and protecting the human rights of the people.

Pero in Pnoy’s point of view as quoted in the PhilStar.com article, “But in the past two weeks, for instance, we’ve had a lot of abuses done on state agents. When they were enforcing, for instance, eviction notices… they were pelted with human waste. And a lot of danger has happened to our people.”

Ibig sabihin ba nito, mas human rights issue for PNoy ang nabanggit? The “right not to be pelted with human waste” versus the peoples’ “right to housing.” Subukin nating hanapin sa UDHR. Hehehe mokong lang po…

Kung propaganda ay half truth, at ang HRVs ay propaganda, hindi nga ba katotohanan ang mga issues na katulad ng recent massacre committed by members of Military forces against family members of a B’laan tribe leader opposed to the entry of Sagittarius Mines Incorporated (SMI) in their ancestral domain area?

The massacre that killed a pregnant mother and two of her children happened last October 18, 2012 in Sitio Fayahlob, Barangay Datal Aliong, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur, Mindanao. The perpetrators were members of 27th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army led by 1Lt. Dante Jimenez the commanding officer of the Bravo Company and under the command of Lt. Colonel Noel Alexis Bravo, Battalion Commander.

An article published in RAPPLER.com states that, “At sunrise Thursday, October 18, the soldiers of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army “strafed” the house of Erita’s brother, Daguil Capion, killing Capion’s 27-year old wife, Juvy and his sons, Pop Capion, 13, and John, 8, Erita told Rappler.

“According to Erita, at around 6:30 am, gunfire echoed across the quiet mountainous village, about 3 hours away from Koronadal, the capital of South Cotabato.

“Pumasok kami [sa bahay], sumigaw kaming mga babae. Bakit dinadamay ang mga bata? Ang magulang kong babae, talagang sumisigaw siya. Yung militar, pinatay ang mga bata nang walang awa.”
(We entered the house. The women were crying, ‘Why did you include the children?’ My mother was really crying. The military killed the children without mercy.”

According to news reports the military was saying that it was a legitimate encounter. So ito ba ang the other half of the truth?

“The military however claimed that what happened was an encounter between the group of Erita’s anti-mining tribal warrior-brother Daguil and government troops. Reports said that Lt Col Alexis Noel Bravo claimed that members of the Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion were attacked by armed men suspected to be Daguil’s group as the troops arrived in Sitio Alyong, Barangay Kimlawis in the town of Kiblawan del Sur. Bravo said the Army soldiers were responding to reports that the tribal leader was in the area.

“Erita (one of the witnesses) belied the military’s claim, saying that troops were already in their community hours before the killings. She said she and her fellow B’laans saw three 6×6 army vehicles arrive as early as 2 am of October 18.

“Eking Freay, a sitio leader in Bong Mal, also said he saw the military vehicles arriving in their area in the early hours of Thursday, October 18.”

Human Rights violations may not be as bloody as in this case. Sa mokong kong perspective, ang pagtrato sa human rights violations sa bansa bilang mahusay na propaganda lamang ng iilan, lalo at nagmula pa sa deklarasyon ng pangulo ay isang human rights violation itself. And it contributes to impunity.

We should be reminding the President that inaction in human rights violations ay human rights violation mismo. And such declaration shows na totoo nga ang nasagap natin sa ilang mga mokong na ang karapatang pantao ay hindi prioridad ni PNoy mismo.

Propaganda ang turing niya sa mga kaso ng HRVs, kaya pala mukhang hindi pa niya siniseryoso ang isang National Human Rights Action Plan.

“A warrant of arrest has been issued for a former Army general wanted for human rights abuses, the President said. He was referring to Jovito Palparan, who is wanted for the kidnapping and torture of two University of the Philippines coeds. The two are listed among the victims of enforced disappearances.” The news article concluded.

O ayan naman pala, e ‘di dapat na ngang pirmahan na ni PNoy ang Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill. Pero kung propaganda pa rin ang turing ni PNoy sa mga cases ng enforced disappearance ay baka hindi niya pirmahan ang nakasalang na batas? Paano na?

Ang masaklap pa nga, this statement of PNoy was made in October 23 ilang araw matapos ang Massacre sa Tampakan at during the Indigenous Peoples Month.

Kung isang propaganda ang akto ng pagiging one sided o pagpanig sa mga biktima, at isang propaganda ang intensiyong makapagtulak ng resultang kilalanin ang karapatang pantao ng mamamayan, e di sige propaganda na nga.

Therefore, ang artikulong ito ay isang propaganda. A rights’ propaganda.

Again pasensiya na mokong perspective lang po.



Groups hold nationwide torch parade and candle lighting for nameless martyrs of Martial Law

Youth and rights groups hold nationwide torch parade and candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs of Martial Law

Youth groups led by Youth for Rights (Y4R) together with human rights organization Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) held a torch parade and nationwide candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law.

In Quezon City, the group’s torch and candle light parade started at 5:30 in the afternoon OF September 21, along Quezon City Circle that proceeded to Palma hall in University of the Philippines where a concert which they dubbed as “Balik Himig sa mga Awit ng Pakikibaka ng panahon ng Batas Militar, the RememberML@40 concert” was being held.

“We are one with the human rights community and all the survivors of Martial Law in confronting attempts to revise and distort history. The Marcoses maimed, killed, tortured, and disappeared thousands. The families and victims of that horror have yet to find justice and closure and yet the lies of the Marcoses and their allies are being peddled as truths,” said Emmanuel Amistad, Executive Director of TFDP.

TFDP is a national human rights organization established in 1974 by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) in response to the rampant human rights violations caused by Proclamation 1081 by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

“TFDP refuses to forget the lessons that the nation learned from that dark episode of our history. That on that faithful day of September 21, 1972, forty years ago, President Ferdinand Marcos deliberately breached his contract with the Filipino people by declaring Martial Law that would lead to unimaginable cases of human rights violations and abuses,” Amistad added.

TFDP’s documentation shows that 6,472 suffered arbitrary arrests and detention, 1,050 were tortured by government security forces and paramilitary groups.

“Under Marcos rule, many were tortured, killed and disappeared. Mostly were activists from the marginalized sectors of our society. Their only fault was that they never feared to fight for their rights and demand for change,” Amistad continued.

According to TFDP, Forty years ago, the Filipino people were faced with a corrupt abusive regime that not only fed from the nation’s wealth but from the blood of the toiling masses.

The candle lighting to honor nameless heroes and martyrs of Martial Law was also done in other major cities in Visayas and Mindanao.

Members of the RememberML@40-Never Again to Martial Law campaign network also lighted candles in Cebu Freedom Park, in Dumaguete and in Freedom Park and University of Mindanao in Davao City as well.

TFDP also initiated the online campaign #rememberML@40 in the social networking site Facebook. “It serves as venue to share stories of heroism, sacrifices and nationalism of the youth under ML,” Amistad explained.

FB users changed their profile pictures with photos and icons of pinky fingers with a red ribbon as pledge to remember, inform and inspire others about the truth and demand for justice for all victims of Martial Law.

“We call on President Aquino to honor our nameless heroes and martyrs by starting with fulfilling his promise during his 2011 SONA to compensate all victims of human rights violations of Martial Law. May he be inspired with what his father, former Senator Ninoy Aquino fought for,” Amistad declared.

“TFDP will never allow that all the sacrifices of those who fought the dictatorship will go to waste. We will continue to inform and educate the Filipino people about the truth especially our youth of today who never experienced ML. For there will be no better way to honor our heroes and martyrs not only by retelling their stories but to be inspired about their lives and to continue asserting for human rights,” Amistad concluded.

Torch parade Photo by PhilRights

TFDP, Y4R and members of #rememberML@40 campaign network in Visayas in Cebu Normal University commemoration activity- September 21, 2012. Photo by TFDP Visayas

TFDP, Y4R and members of #rememberML@40 campaign network in a candle lighting in University of Mindanao- September 21, 2012. Photo by TFDP Mindanao

Remember.Inform.Inspire. Like and Share #rememberML@40

On the 40th Anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, let us push for the ‘Compensation Act’ for all victims of human rights violations of the Marcoses,

JOIN us in our pledge to remember, inform and inspire the youth with the truth and lessons that our nation learned from this dark period of our history.

I pledge to…

Never Again to Martial Law!
We remember, we inform, we inspire
Our youth with the truth and lessons of Martial Law.

and Invite people to…
1. Like and share the “Remember ML@40” FB pagehttps://www.facebook.com/rememberMLatl40
2. Invite/recruit 40 or more others to like “Remember ML@40” FB page and ask them to recruit 40 more
3. Submit and/or post own “Pinky Pledge Photo” and ask others to do the same
4. Like and share all posts from “Remember ML@40” FB page
5. Participate in the “Online action day”
6. Change profile pic on September 21, 2012