Thursday, March 29, 2007

Palparan should be barred from running for any public office – Beltran

Thursday March 29, 2007

Palparan should be barred from running for any public office – Beltran

Anakpawis Representative and political detainee Crispin Beltran today said that the Commission on Elections should not have accepted Jovito Palparan's candidacy as representative of what is obviously a bogus party-list. Beltran said that Palparan was a self-confessed human rights violator and the mastermind of hundreds extrajudicial killings in the country. He said that Palparan's entry is the party-list elections was a mockery of the party-lists system.

"Palaparan doesn't belong in congress, he belongs behind bars. He will not give voice to any marginalized sector, he will represent the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and further perpetuate the policy of political harassment and intimidation against legitimate critics of the administration. Palparan's record's a more spotted than a Dalmatian and he should be barred from running for public office," Beltran.

"In any case, all efforts must be made to ensure Palparan and his bogus party-list's defeat in May. Even those who do not support the bloc of progressive party-lists led by Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela Women's Party must see that Palparan's burgeoning involvement in mainstream politics only confirms that there is a comprehensive government plot to destroy the essence of genuine party-list representation. Palparan is a human rights violator, a cold-blooded killer. He has brought about the death of hundreds of men, women, children and senior citizens in his bloody campaign against the progressive party-lists and militant people's organizations. It is the duty and responsibility of every Filipino who believes in upholding human rights to ensure that Palparan does not win in May," he said.

Circulate the Alston report locally, internationally

The activist lawmaker in the meantime said that the contents of United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Philip Alston's full report to the UNHRC were without doubt the most damning official document by an international institution to come out on the extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. He said that it was an uncompromising indictment of the Arroyo government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Beltran said that Alston's report should and will be circulated by human rights groups and people's organizations all over the world – to all contacts among individuals, church formations, and other cause-oriented institutions. He also appealed to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to make Alston's report required reading for all its members, and also circulate it among members of the religious community.

"The world has to know how the Arroyo government has all but killed and dismembered human rights in the Philippines . Far from being a genuine democracy, the Philippines has become a bastion of corruption and extreme political repression and state violence. Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's continued patronage of the AFP and her relentless defense of its campaign against the progressive party-lists in the guise of fighting the insurgency should be exposed internationally and condemned," he said.

He expressed hope that more members and human rights vanguard institutions of the international human rights community will join the growing movement for human rights in the Philippines and call for the suspension of economic and military aid in the country so long as the extrajudicial killings persist. "All foreign aid to the Philippine government must be suspended so long as the killings continue. This will be a strong message that the Arroyo government will be unable to ignore, being so reliant on foreign financial assistance," he said. "There is nothing that the Arroyo government can do or say to refute the report's findings and conclusions short of suing Alston and the UNHRC; but even then, its purpose to clear its name and reputation would all the more fail."#


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