In 2009, Human Rights Took Serious Beating from US-Arroyo Regime
Bulatlat reports on the effects the U.S. backed Arroyo administration is having on human rights in the Philippines, as well as the impact of the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-United States Military Joint Exercises Oplan Bantay Laya II:
Human-rights violations in 2009 are “numerous and varied and no sector of society is exempted,” belying the Arroyo government’s claim that steps have been taken to improve the Philippine government’s human-rights record, according to Karapatan. And with Oplan Bantay Laya 2’s deadline in 2010 fast approaching, more abuses are certain to occur, it said.
In its annual report on the human-rights situation in the Philippines between 2001 to 2009, Karapatan not only called attention to the myth of democracy in the Philippines — it also pointed to the myth of Philippine sovereignty, the myth of the rule of law under Arroyo and the myth of the existence of a government that is supposedly for the people.