Posted by: kawagib | November 29, 2007

Moro Human Rights Group lambasts curfew and arrest of Mediamen

Kawagib Moro Human Rights lambasts the manner by which the Armed Forces of the Philippines addressed the political crisis caused by the protest of Senator Antonio Trillanes, Brig. General Danilo Lim and the rest of the Magdalo group.

For Sittie Rajabia Sundang, secretary-general of Kawagib (Human Rights in Maguindanaon dialect), the military display of the AFP, complete with Armed Personnel Carrier and hundreds of troops ready to siege the Manila Peninsula, is teeming with over reaction to a protest.

Sundang also hits the government’s arrest of mediamen who covered the event.  The right of the public to information was abridged when mediamen were arrested alongside Trillanes and the rest of the Magdalo group.

The curfew imposed on the public was not only unconstitutional for it impairs the people’s right to travel, but was also a military’s reprisal directed against the people who were merely witnessing the incident on TV and on radio.

According to Sundang, the Armed Forces of the Philippine’s display of military might in handling the political crisis brought about by the protest of the people is the signature of the Arroyo administration.  

Sundang also added that the actions of the AFP only confirm the record of the military in quelling dissent and gives credence to the report of UN Rapporteur on Summary Killings Prof. Philip Alston.

Sundang further said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo must addressed the issues thrown by Trillanes and the Magdalo group that reflected her turbulent administration which was filled with issues of graft and corruption, questions of legitimacy borne out of reports of election rigging, and a record of the highest incident of political killings against activists and media practitioners.

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