November 16, 2011
Mary Guy Portajada, Secretary General
Families of Desaparecidos:
PNoy, prosecute Gloria NOW before she escapes
“It was a sickening sight to watch Gloria Arroyo, try to exercise her right to travel last night, when all she wanted was to immediately escape from all her crimes against the Filipino people.” Mary Guy Portajada, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice declared today.
“It will not have come to this situation if the Pnoy government had filed criminal cases against the former president GMA early on,” Portajada continued. This is in response to the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order on the Department of Justice’s watchlist order to GMA and her attempt to leave the country last night and today. “It has been more than a year since Pnoy talked about justice and yet, GMA remains free – even to travel abroad,” Portajada said.
Families of Desaparecidos for Justice reminded Malacañang and the public that under Arroyo administration, there have been 206 victims of enforced disappearances, 1, 206 victims of extrajudicial killings and thousands of other cases of human rights violations. “Because of the Aquino government’s inefficiency, our chance to get justice will fly away with GMA’s plane to who-knows-where,” Portajada added.
Portajada also warned that if GMA will be able to escape from her crimes, this will be a precedent for other human rights violators that implemented her Oplan Bantay Laya to seek refuge abroad and be free from accountability. “If this will be the case, then we will not only be searching for our loved ones, but also for GMA and her minions to bring them back to the Philippines and send them straight to jail,” Portajada said.
“The Aquino government should act now, if it wants to rectify this political faux pas and immediately file a case against Arroyo. If she succeeds to escape, we have no one else to blame but this government.” Portajada concluded.###