The state of Moro human rights
under Aquino III:
Continuing poverty, injustice and impunity
Western Mindanao State UIniversity
July 12, 2012
|Photos courtesy of KAWAGIB|
Three SONA’s (State of the Nation Address) after,
Mindanao remains poor. Based on the latest official poverty statistics
released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), 36% of the
country’s poorest families live in Mindanao.
This year, Mindanaoans suffered long hours of
brownouts, yet compared to other countries, we were paying the highest
electricity rates in Asia. We were blamed for the power crisis yet the
national government is not shelling out bigger budget for Mindanao.
Instead, they implemented the dole-out Conditional Cash Transfer or
Pantawid Pampamilya Program whose budget came from World Bank loans.
The military and their CAFGU’s and CVO’s are employed
to guard these business establishments, militarizing not only the
countryside but urban dwellings as well. The economic interests of the US
government are ensured by deploying US troops, setting-up “temporary”
bases and conducting successive military exercises in Mindanao. War
mongering against China is but a front to his subservience to US
politico-military interests in Asia.
Under the guise of counter-terrorism, the people of
Mindanao are held hostage by business interests. Communities who defy
military presence are tagged as terrorist havens, residents as supporters.
Communities are bombed and residents displaced purportedly to wipe out
terrorists in the area.
Since 2001, more than 200 have been arrested and
detained – accused as Abu Sayyaf members. Instead of reviewing security
policies that discriminates Moro people, or put a stop to militarization
and bombardment in the communities, Aquino called for an “All-Out Justice”
which only intensified human rights violations in Moro areas.
In Aquino’s time, the wheels of justice remain slow.
Despite incarceration, the Ampatuan family continue to wield power in
Maguindanao. Adding to the death toll Maguindanao Massacre victims are
state witnesses against the Ampatuan family.
We pin our hopes in the peace negotiations, yet the
Aquino administration continue to disregard previous agreements and push
new agenda that gloss over the root-cause of the problem and only prolong
Let us expose the true situation of our communities and
oppose state policies that continue to violate and deny our rights.
*Padilla, A. (2012, April 15). A Radical's Nut: Notes on Philippine Economy and Politics. Retrieved from arnoldpadilla.wordpress.com:
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