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Rights victims in Mindanao see hope for justice in Robredo


Rights victims in Mindanao see hope for justice in Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo–(VP Leni Media Bureau)

ISABELA CITY——As the gang started to swell on Wednesday (March 16) for the rally right here of Vice President Leni Robredo, a pair of their 80s braved the drizzle to allow them to place close to the stage for view of the candidates they’re rooting for within the Could 9 elections.

Feliciano Raga, 85, a retired agriculturist, and his spouse Rosita, 80, stated they didn’t thoughts the issue of strolling so long as they bought counted for Robredo.

“I used to be a sufferer of martial regulation,” stated Raga, a local of Cebu who relocated to Basilan the place he met his spouse. “I don’t need our youth at present to endure what we did earlier than,” he stated.

Abuses of martial regulation, in response to Raga, hounded him all his life.

Robredo’s latest sorties within the Bangsamoro areas drew human rights victims in the course of the dictatorship to voice hope {that a} Robredo presidency would assist in their quest for justice.

Within the rally in Cotabato Metropolis on Wednesday morning, a small group of ageing rights victims, carrying their baggage of the previous, joined the gang of largely youth who understand Robredo as bearer of the nation’s vivid future.


Owing to their lengthy quest for self-governance, which spawned some 4 a long time of rise up by two revolutionary organizations, the Moro folks had suffered strings of abuses by state forces, probably the most sensational of which was the so-called Jabidah bloodbath on March 18, 1968, or 54 years in the past.

The incident turned the rallying cry for the Moro revolution and is now noticed within the area as Bangsamoro Day in accordance with Muslim Mindanao Autonomy Act No. 67.

In the middle of quelling the rise up, Moro communities turned targets of assaults which, in a number of situations, led to bloodbath of civilians in Lanao, Cotabato and Sulu.

Recognizing the significance of addressing these problems with the previous, Robredo, in her assembly with Bangsamoro leaders on Wednesday, stated that if elected president, she’s going to work “to attain the long-sought justice as I consider that it’s solely when justice is served that peace will prevail.”

At a discussion board on Wednesday sponsored by Worldwide Alert and the Institute for Autonomy and Governance, senatorial aspirant Teddy Baguilat, who represented Robredo, stated her presidency will make sure the rollout of transitional justice and reconciliation initiatives to handle lingering points that at present assist underpin violent extremism within the area.

“The dictatorship is a darkish chapter particularly for us Moros. Many had been killed and made to endure. We had been massacred. We had been pressured to take up arms within the title of justice. We needed to go away our houses,” Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman stated.

Thwart return to energy

Hataman, who was a human rights activist, warned in opposition to and urged folks to thwart “a return to energy of the household who perpetrated and profited from the repression” throughout Marcos’ one-man rule.

“Leni Robredo is our greatest likelihood to cease this,” he identified.

In Kidapawan Metropolis on Tuesday, a handful of Moros put out a placard that claims Robredo supplied hope for the enactment of Home Invoice No. 7678 which proposes one other spherical of submitting for compensation claims by human rights victims in the course of the Marcos regime primarily based on Republic Act No. 10368.

The measure was filed by Makabayan coalition legislators in 2020.

Though the submitting of claims ended on Could 12, 2018, the authors of the invoice famous that many had been unable to take action. Human rights teams stated lots of these unable to file come Moro communities.


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