“We demand justice for all HR victims. Maguindanao massacre is just the tip of the iceberg.” This was the statement of Kilusan North Luzon’s Secretary General Jim Pag-a.
After President Aquino’s first 100 days in Malacanang and up to the present, Pi-noy did not mention any concrete plan to help stop and end human rights violations in the country. Instead, Aquino even extended Oplan Bantay Laya, the counter insurgency program of the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that resulted in extra-judicial killings and more than 200 enforced disappearances.
Oplan Bantay Laya (OBL) is still operational. The government pursues its anti-people policies: demolition of vendors and urban poor, LGU-backed illegal fishing, contractualization of labor, pro-mining stance of the Aquino regime displacing peasants and indigenous peoples on their own homeland, political killings and torture – resulting in environmental destruction and violation of human rights.
“This is a total sellout; the Private Partnership Program of Aquino is nothing but a scheme to serve foreign interest, investors are tax exempt passing this burden to workers and the general public “ Jim Pag-a lamented.
Northern Luzon remains a place of injustices brought about by capitalist plunder and exploitation.
We demand our government officials to stand with the people calling for the termination of all unequal ties we have with the US.
Kilusan demands the government to uphold and live by the real definition of human rights and serve its cause: to guard the civil and political rights of the people. Kilusan also demands a government free from slavery – US slavery, and a society with a just, humane and pro-people policies.