Philippines: KAMP condemns slay of Pablo survivor, IP rights defender

Indigenous people's organization Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas lambasted the Aquino after another case of extrajudicial killing was reported yesterday. "The Aquino government is yet again showing its inutility in solving the nation's problems in the unabated extrajudicial killings," Piya Macliing Malayao KAMP spokesperson said. "Its failure to resolve the dire human rights situation in the country piles on this administration's inability to address other problems besetting the Filipino people. There is no respite from misery and dereliction in the Aquino government."

A 41-year-old human rights defender, Marcelo Monterona was slain in Maco, Compostela Valley. He was shot at several times by two men riding a motorcycle beside his home in Barangay Esperanza. Monterona is a survivor of supertyphoon Pablo and is among the prominent leaders of Indog Kautawan, a group demanding for just rehabilitation and services for Pablo survivors.

Military elements are suspected for the slay.

Malayao said that Monterona was also among the environment activists, peasants, and Lumads who demanded recompense from Apex Mining Company, held liable for environmental destruction that worsened the calamity inflicted by typhoon Pablo in southern Mindanao. "Lumads, peasants, and their advocates find themselves facing the military's gun barrels, especially when the uprisings, barricades, and protests hamper on the interests of large businesses such as mining. Monterona is another victim of this system," Malayao claimed.

Malayao pointed out that nearly a year has passed after Aquino convened the 'human rights superbody,' an ad hoc group of military, police, local government units tasked to probe into the cases of human rights violations in the Arroyo regime. "The 'superbody' has proven itself futile in resolving past extrajudicial killings and prevent new ones. Instead, Aquino has lumped into the death count," Malayao added. "We are sure that we will find no justice for these violations. Under Aquino, impunity remains king."

According to KAMP, Monterona is the third indigenous people's rights defender who had been slain during the Aquino presidency. Two other indigenous peoples' rights advocates who became victims of extrajudicial slays are Fr. Pops Tentorio and Willem Geertman.

The killings of indigenous people under the administration is 37, the group claimed.


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Date: 06/01/2014




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