Victims of Arroyo Regime
United for Justice
2/floor Erythrina bldg., #1 Maaralin cor. Matatag sts. Barangay Central,
March 25, 2009
Evangeline Hernandez, Convener
Victims of the Arroyo Regime for Justice
Telefax 4342837, Mobile no. 09158562151
Angered by the recent series of extra-judicial killings, families call
on the Ouster of AFP Commander in Chief Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
“Another family is orphaned with the death of Sabina Ariola,” Evangeline
Hernadez said in rage when asked about how she feels about the recent
killings in the first quarter of 2009. Evangeline Hernandez is the mother
of EJK victim Beng Hernandez and currently the spokesperson of Hustisya.
Ms. Ariola left behind four children and several grandchildren.
On March 24, 2009 at 11:00 P.M., Sabina Ariola, 51 years old, of the
Mamamayan ng Santa Rosa para sa Kagalingan, Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan
(MSRK3) died from a gunshot wound. She is the 16th victim of
extra-judicial killings in the 1st quarter of 2009.
Ariola’s companion, Adelaida Calosa, also from MSRK3, was also hit on the
face by the same bullet that hit Ariola. She is at present undergoing
“As the Oplan Bantay Laya, the counter insurgency program of the Arroyo
regime is fast approaching its deadline in 2010, the military is holding
desperate measures to wipe out its so called enemies,” Hernandez said. “We
fear that human rights violations will intensify in the coming days as
they brashly implement their tactics.” ►►►
March 24, 2009
Sixteen killed before end of 1st Quarter 2009
Karapatan decry attacks on 2 women human rights defenders, raise alarm
over rising extrajudicial killings
The human rights watchdog Karapatan today decried the shooting of two
women human rights defenders in Laguna and sounded the alarm over the
rising extrajudicial killings.
Sabina Ariola, 51 and Adelaida Calosa, 48 was shot at around 8:25 AM
yesterday, March 23, 2009. Sabina, who was hit in the abdomen died at 11
o’clock in the evening and Adelaida who was hit on the face is undergoing
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms, the attacks on human rights
defenders Sabina Ariola and Adelaida Calosa,” said Marie Hilao-Enriquez,
Secretary General of Karapatan.
Sabina and Adelaida are the Chairperson and member respectively of the
MSRK3, an urban poor organization in Sta. Rosa, Laguna advocating for
welfare, development and peace. MSRK3 stands for Mamamayan ng Santa Rosa
para sa Kagalingan, Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan.
The Elf truck where Ariola and Calosa were riding was parked at the
Metroville Subdivision in Baranggay Pook Sta. Rosa when the lone gunman
climbed up and shot them. The two were about to announce important urban
poor concerns through the public address system attached to the truck when
the attack happened.
Hilao-Enriquez lashed out at state security forces for targeting
civilians, among them human rights defenders. “Arroyo’s death squads are
still at it, they have targeted civilians, including human rights
defenders and loved ones of armed guerillas.”
Karapatan warns that extrajudicial killings is becoming more frequent with
sixteen killed before the first quarter of the year is over. “The killings
are picking up again at an alarming rate of one victim per week. This is
almost the same scenario in 2006, if not worse," Hilao-Enriquez said.
She added that "Arroyo's perverse belief that insurgency can be eliminated
by 2010, deadline of the Oplan Bantay Laya II, by eliminating perceived
"state enemies" justifies extrajudicial executions.”
“We call on our people and the international community to keep up the
pressure on the Arroyo government to put an end to these atrocities,”
HUSTISYA PARA KAY KA SABENG
ARIOLA AT ADELAIDA CALOSA
Posted by gabrielatk on March 24, 2009
Mariing kinukundena ng GABRIELA Timog Katagalugan at Gabriela Women’s
Party ang pagpaslang kay Sabina “Ka Sabeng” Ariola kahapon, ika-23 ng
Marso, alas-8:25 ng umaga sa tapat ng Metroville subd., Bgy. Pooc, bayan
ng Sta Rosa Laguna.
Si Ka Sabeng, 51 taong gulang, isang lider kababaihan, ang kasalukuyang
tagapangulo ng MSRK3 o Mamamayan ng Santa Rosa para sa Kagalingan,
Kaunlaran at Kapayapaan. Isang di pa nakikilalang lalaki ang sumalubong at
bumaril kay Ka Sabeng sa tiyan habang pinangungunahan ang isang kilos
protesta kahapon. Siya ay lulan ng isang elf kasama ang iba pang miyembro
ng MSRK3 patungo sa Sta Rosa City Hall upang dumalo sa sesyon ng
Sangguniang Bayan ng naturang lungsod.
Ang bala na tumagos sa tiyan ni Ka Sabeng ay tumama sa pisngi at
kasalukuyan pang nakabaon sa may bahagi ng leeg ni Adelaida Calosa, 48
taong gulang at miyembro ng MSRK3.
Nakatakdang operahan si Adelaida habang si Ka Sabeng ay binawian na ng
buhay kaninang umaga.
Ang pamamaslang kina Ka Sabeng at Adelaida sa gitna ng kanilang paglahok
sa isang kilos protesta ay isang muling pagpapakita ng madugo at brutal na
kamay ng estado laban sa mga bumabatikos dito. Ito ay patunay na
nagpapatuloy ang pampulitikang pamamaslang, pagtugis at panunupil sa mga
lider kababaihan, mga aktibista at miyembro ng mga progresibong
Sariwa pa sa aming alaala ang pagpaslang noon kay Melita “Tita Mely”
Carvajal. dati ring tagapangulo ng MSRK3 at coordinator ng Gabriela
Women’s Party sa Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
“The impunity of the Arroyo regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya continues to claim
the lives of martyrs in Southern Tagalog. We demand justice as well as an
independent investigation on the incident that will bring perpetrators to
Kasabay ng aming pagkundena ay ang aming panawagan para sa independyenteng
imbestigasyon sa insidente at ang pagpapanagot sa mga nasa likod ng
LEONA ENTENA (Gabriela Women’s Party Vice Chairperson for Luzon)