The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) urged Aquino to prosecute human rights violators with the same intensity his administration has been pursuing his immediate predecessor Gloria Arroyo.
“President Aquino might be popular now but this will change if he continues to be silent and ineffective in preventing human rights violations such as torture, extra-judicial killings, and illegal demolitions,” PAHRA chairman Max de Mesa said.
De Mesa noted Aquino should particularly go after abusive military officials.
PAHRA scored the Aquino administration for:
– failing to stop workers’ rights violations
– demolition of urban poor homes
– promotion of large-scale mining
– misguided strategy on climate change mitigation.
De Mesa warned Aquino’s “Tuwid na Daan” (Straight Path) and the promises of change, of corruption-free and democratic governance may become meaningless because of continuing human rights violations leading to impunity.
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