Rights group denounces “UP outstanding alumnus
on peace and cohesion award” to AFP chief Gen. Bautista


UP Diliman Campus


June 21,  2014





UP, ginawaran ng parangal si Gen. Emmanuel Bautista bilang Outstanding Alumnus for Peace ans Social Cohesion. Siya ang tagapagpatupad ng Oplan Bayanihan at tagapagtanggol ng EDCA. Nagpoprotesta ang mga kapamilya, kasama, at kaibigan ng mga biktima ng human rights violations tulad ng enforced disappearance at extra-judicial killings na pinapatupad ng rehimeng Aquino sa pamamagitan ng Oplan Bayanihan. Ganito na ba ang marangal para sa UP ngayon? Fascist and US imperialist lackey, Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, outstanding alumni of UP? This is lamentable, unacceptable, and shameless!

---- FB post of UP Prof Sarah Raymundo



UP Foundation Day 2014: My University honors Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, implementor of the Aquino regime's counter-inaurgency program, Oplan Bayanihan. OpBay legitimizes hamleting of rural communities, extra-judicial killings, torture, enforced disappearance, and other forms of human rights violations. At the height of the people's protest against EDCA, Bautista stood up as a staunch defender of US troops and the Mutual Defense Treaty. Tonight, UP honors a fascist and an imperialist lackey, and calls him an outstanding alumnus for social cohesion and peace.

--- FB post of UP Prof Sarah Raymundo



Photos courtesy of Sarah Raymundo





News Release
21 June 2014

Reference: Ma. Cristina Guevarra, secretary general, 0949-1772928

Rights group denounces “UP outstanding alumnus on peace and cohesion award” to AFP chief Gen. Bautista

UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY – Rights group Hustisya strongly denounced the award given today to AFP chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista as UP outstanding alumnus on peace and social cohesion.

In a protest action infront of the UP Bahay ng Alumni, families of victims of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances expressed dismay that Gen. Bautista receives such award when “he brings dirty war, not peace.”

“Gen.Bautista is the brains behind Oplan Bayanihan, the Aquino government’s counter-insurgency program. Because of Oplan Bayanihan, extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances continue. Several communities continue to experience harassment and forced evacuation,” said Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra.

The protesters presented a huge list of human rights violations under Bautista and Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan. From June 30, 2010 to present, there were 199 victims of extrajudicial killings, 202 victims of frustrated extrajudicial killings, 21 victims of abduction and enforced disappearances, and 94 victims of torture. There are also 489 political prisoners, or those considered “enemies of the state” and charged with trumped-up cases.

They also brought with them photographs of victims of human rights violations, including missing UP students Karen Empeño at Sherlyn Cadapan.

“Gen. Bautista and the AFP are outstanding human rights violators. They perpetuated human rights violations from the previous oplans to the present. They are masquerading for peace, while they silence people who fight for their rights,” Guevarra said.

Oplan Bayanihan is the counter-insurgency program of the Aquino government which replaced Oplan Bantay Laya. According to Hustisya, thousands have been affected by military operations under the guise of Oplan Bayanihan’s “peace and development teams.” Almost 40,000 individuals in communities of farmers and indigenous people in different parts of the country forcibly evacuated because soldiers occupied their homes, lands, schools and even churches. They were under constant threat of surveillance and harassment because they are accused by the military as supporters of the New People’s Army. The most recent case is the forced evacuation of Manobos, indigenous people in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, who were deployed with troops of AFP troops.

“What peace and social cohesion is there when Gen. Bautista and his troops bring unpeace to communities, their existence threatened, and their livelihood destroyed?” Guevarra said.

Aside from being Oplan Bayanihan’s brains and operator, Gen. Bautista replaced Gen. Jovito Palparan as head of the 702nd Infantry Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division of the AFP in 2008. It is the same military unit that abducted Empeño at Cadapan. Bautista then became head of the Philippine Army in 2011 and finally AFP chief in 2012.

“No justice has been served to victims of human rights violations. Despite this, Gen. Bautista has the gall to say there are no more military officials with the likes of Palparans in the AFP. But why do victims continue to grow in number?” asked Guevarra.

According to the group the Aquino government only changed the name of its internal peace security plan. “The Aquino government’s record on human rights is becoming more rotten than ever. His minions like Gen. Bautista and his troops should be made accountable in their continuous violations to the rights of the people,” Guevarra said. ###



Erlinda Cadapan, alumna of UP, mother of disappeared UP student, Sherlyn Cadapan
decries the honor that UP grants Gen. Bautista despite his inaction on the
Karen Empeño-Sherlyn Cadapan case.

 Ma. Cristina Guevarra of HUSTISYA




BS Aquino acquiesces to impunity as Oplan Bayanihan nears deadline

From: Karapatan website

"With BS Aquino’s 743 more days in office, and his Oplan Bayanihan ends with his term, we ask: how many more will be killed? Bodies of Aquino's victims are piling up. Yet, Aquino has not owned up to his accountability," Karapatan Chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez said. “In all his years in power, Aquino has treaded the path of war and blocked all roads to peace.”

Hilao-Enriquez said the arrest and detention of Em Mijares on Independence Day showed the public one of the Aquino government’s practices to gag his critics. Others get killed.

She cited the killing of Dionisio Garete, a farmer member of Panay Fair Trade Center and colleague of slain Romeo Capalla. On May 26, Garete was gunned down while driving his pick-up truck to deliver sugarcane to a muscovado mill of Janiuay-Badiangan Farmers Association (Jabafa). The Revolutionary Proletariat Army-Alex Buncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB) was believed to have perpetrated the killing. Last January 2014, Garete received a “warning” from a member of the RPA-ABB, allegedly for “being too active in the other side.” Another relative reported that suspected RPA-ABB members had been tailing Garete outside his house. The RPA-ABB is a paramilitary group of the Philippine Army.

On June 4, Wilfredo Estrebillo, a motorcycle driver was found dead in Sitio Pandulian, Barangay Mabantao, Municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte, his body riddled with 17 bullets. Estrebillo's wife said in April and May, military intelligence agents of the 60th IB-PA accused Estribillo of being a sympathizer of the New People’s Army. An Order of Battle maintained by the military had names of motorcycle drivers in relation to the capture of Cpl. Rogelio Rosales by the NPA.

To date, there are 199 victims of extrajudicial killings. Estrebillo is among the seven victims of EJK documented by Karapatan from April to mid-June 2014.

Ricardo Tuazon Jr. was killed on April 27 while hunting for birds at Sitio Dugyaman, Brgy. Anticala, Butuan City. After he was killed, a certain Capt. Maglinao of the 29th IBPA announced over the local radio program Radyo Trumpeta that they killed a member of the New People's Army, referring to Ricardo Tuazon Jr.

Arnel Tanduyan was killed by suspected elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion Philippine Army inside his house on May 7, 2014 in Malita, Davao Occidental. Riding a motorcycle on his way home, Arnel found logs blocking the road. Suddenly, he heard gunshots and found his foot hit. He was still able to ride back to his motorcycle and went straight home where he hid at the roof. The perpetrators followed Tanduyan and sprayed bullets in his house.

On May 21, also in Malita, Davao Occidental, Tony Bago was riding his motorcycle to buy fish when two men wearing ski masks stopped him and shot him four times in the head.

On May 23, 2014 in Sitio Hucdong, Brgy. Balocawe, Matnog, Sorsogon, soldiers from the 5th Scout Ranger Company of the 31st Infantry Battalion under the 903rd Brigade sprayed bullets at the house of Elias and Cynthia Garduque. This immediately killed Elias who, at that time, was carrying his one-year-old son, Eddie. The child was hit in the thigh. Ironically, Cynthia now faces a charge of illegal possession of explosives.

A farmer and Municipal staff of Bayan Muna, Flaviano Morales was killed inside his house in Brgy. Napungas, Municipality of Asuncion, Davao del Norte on June 13. Before the killing, elements of the 60th IBPA interrogated him twice.



FB post of UP Prof Carl Marc Ramota

UP's decision to recognize Oplan Bayanihan's chief architect and implementor, Gen. Bautista as outstanding alumnus for PEACE and social cohesion comes as no surprise. It's the same university that named one of its academic units after the late dictator's lapdog, levied fees on Class D or indigent patients in UP-PGH, and forced students who failed to pay tuition on time to file for leave of absence. It's a faithful reproduction of the current state of affairs where plunderers and butchers remain at large, become VIPs (Very Important Prisoners), or worse, promoted or elected to higher office while the rest of the Filipino people continue to wallow in poverty and misery.




FB Post of HUSTISYA'S Ma Cristina Guevarra

Matagumpay na isinagawa ang kilos protesta kanina sa tapat ng UP Theater para tuligsain ang paggawad ng parangal kay AFP Gen. Emmanuel Bautista bilang outstanding alumnus on peace and social cohesion. Mula Bahay ng Alumni, nag-procession ang mga alumni papunta ng UP Theater. Nakita nila kaming lahat -- nakahanay, bitbit ang mga larawan ng mga biktima ng extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances at listahan ng mga paglabag. Habang nagsasalita kami sa programa, inaasahan kong makarinig ng negative reactions mula sa mga alumni.

Pero maraming kumuha ng litrato, may nakangiti, may tumayo muna at nagbasa bago pumasok, may nag-uusap at nagtuturo sa mga litrato. May mga kumuha rin ng litratong alam mong nag-iintel(ligence) lang. May nakita akong batchmate sa Collegian. May dean ng isang kolehiyo na dalawang beses lumabas at sumilip sa protesta. May isang propesor at Martial Law victim (dating aktibista) na nakangiting dumaan habang nagbabasa.

Siyempre pa, dumaan at nakita ni Gen. Bautista ang lahat. Kasama pa pala niya si AFP spokesperson Maj. Tutaan. Liban sa mga pananalita, ang payapa lang ng protesta kumpara sa bigat ng dalang isyu -- itong Oplan Bayanihan at ang mga biktima nito -- na ang utak at nagpapatupad ay siya pang pinaparangalan ng UP.

Sa mga panahong natitigilan habang nagsasalita, parang time travel ang pakiramdam -- sa hanay, naalala ko sina Karen, sina Sherlyn. Iyong mga wala na, iyong mga nawawala. Tiyak hindi sila matutuwa sa parangal na ito. Tiyak na hindi rin sila matutuwa na patuloy ang pagpapatupad ng UP ng mga neoliberal na patakaran, na patuloy itong instrumento ng pagpapalaganap ng kultura ng kawalang pananagutan.

Siguro mali lang din ang akala ko na iismiran ng mga alumni kanina ang protesta. Pero sana lang, sana lang talaga, hindi lang pang-souvenir picture iyong kanina. At kaninang nagbabaliktanaw sila sa buhay nila sa pamantasan, baliktanawan din sana nilang maraming kabataang mula sa pamantasan ang tunay na naglingkod sa sambayanan. Maraming kabataan ang nagbuwis ng buhay para sa marami at hindi para sa iilan.

At hinding hindi dapat parangalan, bagkus dapat panagutin, ang mga berdugo ng mamamayan.



Photos by Reggie Mamangun/Kodao Productions