May 4, 2011
Reference: Cristina Palabay, Convenor, Tanggol Bayi (09175003879)
WOMEN’S RIGHTS GROUP SUPPORT FILING OF RAPS VS PALPARAN ETAL
Tanggol Bayi, a women human rights group, today expressed support for the mothers of missing UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno as they filed a criminal complaint against “Arroyo’s butcher-general” Jovito Palparan and other military officials for the rape, serious physical injuries, arbitrary detention, maltreatment, grave threats, and grave coercion of their daughters at the Department of Justice.
The criminal charges came nearly a month after the Morong 43 filed a civil case against Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and top military and police officials. Sherlyn and Karen have been missing and were abducted by military since 2006.
“We salute Mrs. Linda Cadapan and Mrs. Connie Empeno for their courage and commitment to justice by pursuing these cases against former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s notorious generals led by Palparan. They are mothers who have become human rights defenders in the course of their quest for justice. Prosecuting the perpetrators and establishing the accountability of the state security forces for the hundreds of victims of extrajudicial killings, torture, disappearances and other human rights violations under Arroyo is an important step towards ending impunity,” Cristina Palabay, Tanggol Bayi convenor, said.
She cited the principal role of the state as the “primary duty bearer” of women’s human rights under the Magna Carta of Women, outlining its responsibility in “refraining from discriminating against women and violating their rights.”
“It is thus a duty for the government of Pres. Noynoy Aquino to hold accountable the perpetrators of rights violations under the Arroyo government, a duty which has not been fulfilled up to this date. Women human rights defenders will continue to provide support for families of victims and victims themselves in protecting, defending and promoting women’s human rights,” Palabay ended. ###