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Dagdag na kagamitan pandigma ng AFP, pinangangambahang paghahanda ng gyera sa Mindanao
by Kawagib Phils on Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 3:54pm

Press Release
September 18, 2010

Dagdag na kagamitan pandigma ng AFP, pinangangambahang paghahanda ng gyera sa Mindanao

Cotabato City- Naalarma ang grupong KAWAGIB sa pagbibigay ng bansang Australia sa Armed Forces of the Philippines ng mga kagamitan pandigma tulad ng amphibian tanks at airboats na nagkakahalaga ng $4 Million para sa internal security operations ng AFP.

Noong linggo, September 11, ay nakunan pa mismo ng grupo ang labing-isa (11) sa mga kagamitang pandigma na dinala sa 6th Infantry Division, pinakamalaking kampo ng militar sa probinsiya ng Maguindanao na nag-ooperasyon hanggang sa Liguasan Marsh.

Nangangamba ang grupo na gagamitin ito ng mga sundalo laban sa mga MILF at sa halip na magkaroon ng usaping pangkapayapaan ay sumiklab muli ang gyera sa Mindanao na sapilitang nagpapalikas sa mga sibilyan at nagdudulot ng mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Maalalang ipinangako ni Pangulong Aquino na pagkatapos ng Ramadhan ay magkakaroon na ng pormal na pag-uusap ang magkabilang panig ngunit sa pahayag ni Voltaire Gazmin, Secretary ng National Defense, handa rin umanong harapin ng AFP ang MILF kung sakaling magmamatigas ang MILF at hindi magkasundo ang dalawang panig.

Ayon pa sa grupo, hindi dapat payagan ni Pangulong Aquino na sumiklab muli ang digmaan sa Mindanao dahil maraming buhay at ari-arian na naman ang mawawala at masisira. Lalong maghihirap ang mga bakwit na mula pa noong 2008 hanggang ngayon ay naninirahan lang sa mga evacuation centers.

Sa huli, hinamon ng KAWAGIB si Pangulong Aquino na maging sincere sa pakikipag-usap sa mga armadong grupo tulad ng MILF at NPA ng sa gayon ay maresolba na ang kaguluhan sa ating bansa lalo na sa bahagi ng Mindanao.

Nanawagan din ang grupo kay Pagulong Aquino na sa halip na dagdagan ang badyet ng militar, ibigay na lang ang pondo para sa indemnification o bayad-danyos sa mga biktima ng All-out War ni Gloria noong 2008. ###
 

     
           
           
           
           
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Press Release
November 29, 2009

International Mission to investigate impunity in Northern Mindanao

International Fact Finding Mission to the Lumad areas in Northern Mindanao is greeted by the gruesome Maguindanao Massacre emphasizing the culture of impunity on the spate of extrajudicial killings besieging the country.

The activity dubbed as the Panaw Kalinaw: International Peace and Human Rights Mission (IPHRM) gathers more than six hundred peace and human rights advocates here and abroad. The three day activity takes off today to two mission areas worst hit by violations to basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, Esperanza, Agusan del Sur and Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

“While the Ampatuans lord over Central Mindanao killing 64 in the recent massacre of innocent civilians, journalists and lawyers, paramilitary groups under Task Force Gantangan reign in the Agusan provinces and Bukidnon victimizing 13 Lumad leaders and peasants in its killing spree and terrorizing ancestral domain communities long been coveted by foreign investors,” Rev. Melzar Labuntog of Panaw Kalinaw stressed.

This year alone, Panaw Kalinaw has reported among those killed by the notorious Wild Dogs of Deo “Datu Mankombate” Manpatilan and the Bungkatol Liberation Front (BULIF) of Ronald Manhumosay, all of Task Force Gantangan under the direct command of the 30th IB are Lumad Leaders Datu Mampaagi Belyong, Aladino “Datu Mansubaybay” Badbaran and his relative Rico Badbaran who are known oppositions to the entry of mining and logging corporations in their communities.

Meanwhile, Lumad communities, such as St. Peter, Mahayag in Malaybalay, Bukidnon continue to be at the volley of fire of the Task Force Gantangan and the 26th IB of the Armed Forces of the Philippines coupled with the aggressive and intrusive mining project. Harassments, forced surrenders, bombardment and the forced evacuations of thousands of residents from their communities are an offshoot of continuing massive military operations in the area.

“It is the aim of the mission to expose these cases of human rights violations and the main perpetrators of these crimes. We strongly believe that unless efforts that seek to end the culture of impunity on the spate of extrajudicial killings are being undertaken, the reign of terror by those who are licensed by these government to carry arms will perpetuate and those who are accountable for these vicious attacks against the very basic human and fundamental rights go unpunished, the victims and the country as a whole will have neither peace nor justice,” Rev. Labuntog finally added.

The result of the IPHRM to the two areas will release its official report on the December 2 Peace and Human Rights Summit in Cagayan de Oro and will be submitted to local government units, and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

The opening activity which was held this morning at the Ampitheatre of the Malasag Eco-Village in Cagayan de Oro lighted candles in memory of the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre. The Mission includes by delegates from Australia, USA, Malaysia and Thailand. ###
 

     
           
Katibu national chair beverly longid in solidarity Mission participants UPLM lawyer Atty Carlos Zarate
     
           
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