After Corona impeachment
Address justice issues, Pres. Aquino told
Victims’ rights group Hustisya today urged the public to “continue the pursuit for genuine justice” after the impeachment of Chief Justice Renato Corona.
“CJ Corona’s impeachment is a reminder that government officials should be held accountable not only to its own constitution but to the Filipino people. Much of justice issues, however, remain to be addressed, and at the soonest,” Hustisya secretary general Cristina Guevarra said.
The group, representing majority of the victims of human rights violations under the past Arroyo government and Aquino’s, challenged PNoy to “put the main culprit of rights violations, former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, on its priority list.”
“The conviction of Corona doesn’t rest on him but to his boss Arroyo for her crimes against the people,” she said.
Hustisya reiterated that Arroyo, who was armed forces commander-in-chief when she was president, enjoys impunity to this day on the thousands of cases of human rights violations committed under her watch.
“Likewise, Gen. Palparan and all the other wanted perpetrators are still the loose,” Guevarra added.
Meanwhile, SELDA (Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto) called for “people’s vigilance in making sure that those who have wronged the people are punished, and those who have not should likewise be acquitted,” referring to the more than 300 political prisoners languishing in jails all over the country.
“We reiterate the call to free all political prisoners. After Corona is impeached, so should the political prisoners be granted their freedom. We urge Pres. Aquino to do this the soonest,” Angelina Ipong, secretary general of Selda said.
On Thursday, Hustisya and SELDA once again urged the public to sign the petition to free all political prisoners. A new blog,https://freeallpps.wordpress.com/, has been set up to make the public informed that “political prisoners have names and faces, and that they exist contrary to what the Aquino government says.”
Political prisoners according to SELDA are those who are arrested, detained and imprisoned for acts in furtherance of their political beliefs and, as a consequence, are arbitrarily denied their liberty and due process of law.
“The Aquino government has been dead silent on the call to free political prisoners, to the point of denial of their existence. Through the media, we appeal to the public to sign the petition and urge the Aquino government to stop criminalization of political offenses and free them now,” Ipong said.
SELDA said that a “general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty” remains as the most expeditious way to free all political prisoners. ###
Reference: Angelina Ipong, SELDA secretary general, 0949-9587373 Cristina Guevarra, Hustisya secretary general, 0949-1772928