Walk the talk –Desaparecidos

Press Release
August 31, 2012

On Sec. Lacierda’s statement that Malacanang has a policy vs Enforced Disappearances

Walk the talk –Desaparecidos


Families of the Disappeared for Justice or Desaparecidos today, refuted Malacañang’s claim that it “has a policy against enforced disappearances.”

“Malacañang has a policy against enforced disappearance.” – Malacañang Speaker Edwin Lacierda

“That’s a big fat Lie!” exclaimed Maryguy Portajada, Desaparecidos Secretary General. “If that were true, then why do we have 11 victims of enforced disappearance under the Aquino government?

Magsasalita na lang sila, puro kasinungalingan pa,” Portajada lamented. “That’s what their good at, statements and PR spins.  We have yet to see them do something tangible for the victims and their families. But they only have lies to dish out. They could not even bring out The Butcher, Gen. Jovito Palparan.”

Desaparecidos said that even the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Bill is still awaiting Bicameral hearing. The House version was passed on March this year, while the Senate version was passed in 2011.

“Instead of helping us locate our missing loved ones, the Aquino Government’s pretension is insult to us,” Portajada continued.

For relatives of the disappeared, the Aquino government’s statement is but a vain attempt to cover up its human rights record. “Malacañang’s attitude is a perfect ingredient for more human rights violations, specifically enforced disappearances” Portajada warned.

The group demands from the government to stop its counterinsurgency program that has caused a string of human rights violations in the country.  “Until they stop Oplan Bayanihan, until they have caught and punished the likes of Jovito Palparan, can we believe that the Aquino government is really doing something about the situation. Otherwise, we will consider him as no different from Marcos and his martial law which left behind hundreds of victims of enforced disappearance,” Portajada concluded. ###

Lorena ‘Aya’ Santos, Deputy Secretary General
Contact Number: 09175230396

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