Human rights activists said that former military General Jovito Palpatan is the country’s icon of “military brutality and state fascism.”
The military has blamed the bomb explosion on Tuesday in Cotabato City to the terror group, Jema’ah Islamiyah, saying that fragments of the bomb were similar to the signature bomb maker of the group currently believed coddled by a breakaway Moro revolutionary group.
Moro advocates are wary that the Aquino administration is watering down provisions regarding Moro autonomy in the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)–and being secretive about it.
Militant partylist representatives and Catholic Church leaders vowed they will block moves by allies of President Benigno Aquino III at the Lower House who are seeking Constitutional amendments.
Five civilians were hurt when a bomb exploded Tuesday evening in Cotabato City, a witness said.