Victims of EJK to
Aquino: Implement UN resolution now, prosecute Arroyo and other
April 16, 2011
Families and friends
of slain human rights workers Benjaline Hernandez (2002) and Eden
Marcellana, and peasant leader Eddie Gumanoy (both in 2003) gathered
today at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani to call on the Aquino government
to implement the United Nations Human Rights Committee resolutions
finding the Philippine government responsible for the killing of the
three activists under Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
“This gathering serves
as a renewal of our call for justice for Beng, Eden and Eddie, and to
assert that the Aquino government should act on the families’ plight
for justice to all the victims of extrajudicial killings,” Cristina
Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general said.
Gathered in the
activity were the children of
Eden and colleagues of Eddie, who were both abducted and
killed on April
22, 2003 with a team conducting a fact finding mission on reported
abuses by the military in Oriental Mindoro. Elements of the 204th
Infantry Brigade, then under Ret. Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan were the
alleged perpetrators of the murder. Eden was secretary general of
Karapatan-Southern Tagalog while Eddie was chairperson of Katipunan ng
mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK).
Also in the gathering
was Mary Grace Hernandez, younger sister of Beng, then secretary
general of Karapatan Southern Mindanao when she was massacred with
three others while also conducting a fact-finding mission on
militarized areas in Arakan Valley, North Cotabato.
“We hope that the UN
resolution on the killing of Beng, Eden and Eddie shall serve as
precedent on the possible filing of charges against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
and other perpetrators like Jovito Palparan,” Guevarra said.
supporters also condemned the recent killings of Keneth Reyes, a
barangay captain and member of Bayan Muna in Batangas and anti-mining
activist and Anakpawis Partylist member Ricky Manrique in
“The death toll
under Aquino has risen to 45 in less than a year of power, the two
recent killings not yet included. What is the message that these
killings tell us? The injustice continues, and despite resolutions
such as those issued by the UN, the state continues with its policy of
extrajudicial killings. We demand justice, but at the same time, we
demand to stop the killings,” Guevarra said.