[From the web] Oplan Bayanihan in full swing -KARAPATAN

Oplan Bayanihan in full swing
March 31, 2012

Karapatan  said in a media briefing that there is a marked and alarming increase in the number of human rights violations involving children due to the ongoing massive and intense military operations by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the rural areas.

Karapatan chairperson Marie Hilao-Enriquez attributed the escalation of military operations and the consequent human rights violations to the implementation of the President’s counter-insurgency program called Oplan Bayanihan, now on its second year and one year short of its target to end the insurgency in 2013. “Combat military operations now takes the frontline over surveillance and civil-military operations. These are the three components of the AFP’s triad operations used in both former President Arroyo’s Oplan Bantay Laya and Oplan Bayanihan of President Noynoy Aquino,” said Hilao-Enriquez.

Hilao-Enriquez presented some of the initial documented results of Karapatan’s first quarter monitoring of human rights violations. The report stated that:

• Of the nine victims of extrajudicial killing during the first quarter of 2012, four are children who were victims of indiscriminate firing by the military. This brings the total number of victims of extrajudicial killings to 76 since P-Noy assumed the presidency.

Read full article @ http://www.karapatan.org/node/517

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