HR violations to hound P-Noy in his last SONA
By Satur C. Ocampo
A month hence President Aquino will deliver his sixth and last state-of-the-nation address. However much he may embellish his administration’s achievements on the economy, anti-corruption drive and governmental reforms, he will be hounded by at least two unresolved issues: his “dismal record” on human rights and impunity and the Mamasapano tragedy.
Take the continuing incidences of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances – the prime indicators of the pervasive climate of impunity since the days of the Marcos dictatorship.
In his first SONA (July 2010), P-Noy acknowledged that six EJKs had occurred in his first month in office – as he extended for six months the implementation of Gloria Arroyo’s counterinsurgency program, Oplan Bantay Laya I and II, which perpetrated a long train of killings and disappearances. He crowed that three of the latest cases had already been solved, and the other three would soon be solved as well. Then he promised to stop the killings.