Dennis Carcamo | Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – A New-Zealand based rights group on Wednesday reiterated its call to President Benigno Aquino III to grant presidential amnesty to all political prisoners in the country.
The Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA) made the appeal to Aquino a few weeks before the commemoration of the Aug. 21, 1983 assassination of his father, former Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.
“In honor of Ninoy, we believe P-Noy must do everything in his power to release all those unjustly detained and stop the continuing political assassinations,” the PSNA said.
The group said it is dismayed by the alleged inaction of the President to the plea of the families of victims of political persecutions and killings.
“Considering that your family also suffered when your father was unjustly incarcerated and eventually assassinated by the Marcos dictatorship, we are disappointed that you continue to ignore the pleas of the families of those unjustly detained and tortured in prisons,” the PSNA added.
The PSNA also scored the Aquino administration for the continuing culture of impunity in the country.
“Nearly three decades after the 1983 Aquino assassination, and even after democracy was supposedly restored after the 1986 People Power, we are dismayed over the persistent human rights abuses in the Philippines’ post-Marcos era,” it said.