Fil-Am activists: former President Arroyo needs to be held accountable

NEW YORK – Filipino-American activist group New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) say they will continue to fight for the rights of Filipinos wherever they may be.

The group was founded ten years ago to shed light on more than a thousand extrajudicial killings and abductions under former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“Kung may mga usapin ng human rights violations sa Pilipinas, at nare-rasie ito dito sa New York City, nagkakaron siya ng international attention,” said Gary Labao, founder of NYCHRP.

“Our job is really to show the truth,” said Jackie Mariano, “to tell the stories of human rights victims, to bring their stories to really important public stages such as the United Nations and to the United States government.”

These activists say they are frustrated that to this day, those responsible for the killings and abductions have not been held accountable, and that the human rights violations, to this day, continue.

“The fact that there have been over 200 people extrajudicially killed under the Aquino administration doesn’t mean it’s getting better,” said Mariano. “Two hundred lives is too many.”

NYCHRP members say even those with past criminal records who were killed by excessive police force, such as Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have human rights too.

They consider these police killings as extrajudicial killings.

“If you are to say that this person has committed a crime and that they deserve to be killed, first of all, you shouldn’t be killed for selling loose cigarettes, or even allegedly stealing something,” said Yoko Liriano, a member of NYCHRP.

A “Day of Anger Millions March NYC” is scheduled on Saturday, demanding an end to all forms of discrimination and the full recognition of human rights.

They are also demanding justice for those people because of so-called police brutality.

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  • Kenikeni
    12 December 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Maepal at papansin talaga mga Activist na yan. Get a life!!