Philippines: Moro groups urge junking of Human Security Act

Jun. 10, 2007

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — “We appeal and call the attention of the upper house in the senate as well as lawmakers in the Congress to question the Human Security Act in the Supreme Court, as these unlawful and inhuman law approved by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as this was set to be implemented this coming July 2007 (next month) after she signed it last February 2007,” Abubakar Uy said Suara Bangsamoro Secretary General in Southern Mindanao Region.

“It’s alarming indeed, that the implementation of Human Security Act will cause proliferation of warrantless arrests as it escalates human rights violations. The said implementation of Human Security Act will further execute the curtailment essence of democracy like the right to assembly, freedom of speech, public gatherings, giving opinions against the government and other democratic rights of the people. The definition of “terrorism” is not even clear; no boundaries as to who is (are) the terrorist pointed out on the said law?” Uy added.

“Any organizations, personalities and any individual even members of the press can be tag as enemy of the state or terrorist. Citing some provisions of Human Security Act in Section seven (7) states that Republic Act No. 4200 otherwise known as Anti-Wire Tapping Law allows the installation of surveillance cameras and tapping of wires in establishments such as homes and offices for intercepting, tracking and recording in any form (written, spoken and discussions) that has been associated to person charged with or suspected of the crime of terrorism or conspiracy to commit terrorism. It only shows that the said law gives authorization to the PNP, AFP, paramilitary and its cohorts to legitimize and intentionally legalize the human rights violations.” Uy said.

According to Uy, it’s obvious that this is part of the US-Arroyo regime and its armed machinery the AFP and PNP to mum their critics and to maintain Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s power while paving way for charter change this coming 14th Congress. Needless to say, that the fascist Arroyo regime is in its desperate attempt to support the imperialist master none other than the United States of America for waging “war on terror” and “globalization” for them to survive on political and economic crisis until Arroyo’s power will take its rest on 2010.

“The US-Arroyo regime is not sincere to protect people against terrorism, the concrete manifestation of that is the continuous escalation of extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances, abductions, terrorist tagging and all out war against Moro and Lumad. All of these are within in the frame work of the counterinsurgency program Operation Plan Bantay Laya I and II of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. We strongly believed that if there could be no justice, we couldn’t attain peace as the worstining human rights violations made by bloodyrous AFP against Moro and Filipino people will affect the “shaky” negotiation between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Government Republic of the Philippines. We are also appealing to the MILF and GRP to take action and tackle the worstining Human rights violation.” Uy concluded.###

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