INT’L COMMUNITY, FILAM ACTIVISTS CALL FOR AN END TO POLITICAL KILLINGS IN THE PHILIPPINES
By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
June 6, 2012
The international community is now calling on the Aquino government to put an end to human rights violations in the Philippines.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva last week, members of the Philippine Justice Department faced representatives of 69 countries, many of whom expressed concern over the extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture in the Philippines.
Meantime, dozens of Filipino-American activists gathered in San Francisco Monday night, to condemn last week’s murder of one of their friends, Ernesto “Ka Erning” Gulfo, an urban poor leader and community organizer in Catmon, Malabon.
Ka Erning is reportedly the 77th victim of political killings under the Aquino administration.
They are calling on President Aquino, who is set to meet with President Barack Obama this week, to finally address these so-called injustices in the Philippines.
Toni Bernabe of Gabriela USA said, “I was really saddened and shocked — because here’s another organizer who has dedicated his life and yet he was murdered.”
Carlo Montemayor of the League of Filipino Students said, “We still see that people who are speaking out, people who want basic human necessities are being targeted for harassment, and killings, and torture.”
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