“Nasaan ang hustisyang ipinagmamalaki mo noong SONA, President Noynoy?” (What justice were you bragging about in your SONA?” Mary Guy Portajada, secretary general of Families of Desaparecidos for Justice dared President Noynoy Aquino. “Hustisya ba itong malaya si Gloria Arroyo, siyang may sala sa pagkawala ng mahigit 200 na desaparecido noong rehimen niya?” (Where is justice when Gloria Arroyo is free when she should be held accountable for the more than 200 disappearances during her regime), Portajada said.
Meanwhile, Linda Cadapan, mother of missing activist Sherlyn Cadapan said, “Naniniwala na ako na nagkasundo na talaga si GMA at Noynoy. Kasi kung seryoso ang ating Pangulo, matagal na niyang kinasuhan si Gloria sa kaniyang human rights violations at titiyaking hindi makalaya si Gloria. ” (I am truly convinced that Noynoy and GMA have already come to a compromise because if the President is serious, he could have already charged Arroyo on her human rights violation and would ensure that GMA is jailed.)
According to KARAPATAN, Gloria Arroyo left her presidency with a record of 1,206 cases of extra-judicial killings and 206 victims of enforced disappearances. Through her Oplan Bantay Laya, Arroyo, together with high ranking military officials such as Ret. Maj. Jovito S. Palparan Jr. is responsible to the deaths and disappearances of unarmed civilians and activists who were targeted for “neutralization.”
“Let us not forget those victims of Arroyo, especially those who disappeared. It is clear that Aquino’s speech remains just a speech, ” Cadapan said.
“Hindi talaga pantay ang batas natin – para sa mga may pera at may kapangyarihan lang,” (Our law isn’t equal . It is only for the rich and powerful,” Concepcion Empeño, mother of missing Karen Empeno blurted out. “Our case has been pending for many years now, yet GMA is freed with just one a snap.” Mrs. Empeño added.
Linda Cadapan and Concepcion Empeño are the mothers of the two University of the Philippines students who were abducted on June 26, 2006 while conducting their research in Hagonoy, Bulacan. Raymond Manalo, another victim of abduction testified in court to have seen the two students at the custody of the military under the command of now Retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan. According to Manalo, the two were raped and tortured.
“Malacañang can point all their fingers elsewhere but GMA’s freedom is Noynoy’s accountability.” Portajada said. “Noynoy can put the blame on GMA for the disappearance of the victims but it is already Noynoy’s inaction that the victims remain missing up to the present and justice is still elusive, ” Portajada concluded.###
Reference: Mary Guy Portajada, Secretary General Contact Number: 09175230396