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Sluggish Justice Under Aquino Favors GMA and Ampatuans -- GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus
Press Release Posted on July 6th, 2012.
REP. EMMI DE JESUS, 0917-3221203
Wena Festin, 0915-6349308
“Every day that President Aquino’s administration delays the delivery of justice in relation to the Ampatuan massacre and ex-President Arroyo’s trial, he further cultivates and fosters the culture of impunity,” said GWP Rep. Emmi De Jesus as Myrna Reblando, an Ampatuan massacre widow, fled the country to seek political asylum in Hongkong for fear of her life.
Three witnesses in the Ampatuan trial which began in January 2010 have been killed to date. Thirty (30) months later, the trial continues to drag on. In the meantime, ex-President Arroyo’s trial continues to crawl at snail’s pace as she enjoys the privilege of a hospital arrest amid doubtful ill health excuses.
“Nagpapatuloy na malamya ang tindig ni Pangulong Aquino kaugnay ng pagreresolba sa mga kaso ni GMA at ng Ampatuan Massacre, samantalang todo-todo naman siyang naging masisgasig sa pag-usig kay dating CJ Corona. Ito ay malinaw-pa-sa-sikat-ng-araw na patunay na ang pangunahing interes ni Aquino ay ang paggamit ng kanyang kapangyarihan upang manatili ang mga lupain ng Hacienda Luisita sa kamay ng kanyang angkan. Walang nangyari sa kanyang ‘daang matuwid’ na patuloy nang lumaho sa realidad,” added Rep. De Jesus.
The Gabriela solon further stressed that “impunity thrives in the fertile soil of violence and unabated human rights violations in the Philippines. As long as the Aquino government does nothing to punish those accountable, Philippine democracy and freedom are deceptions and shadows of unrealized hopes,” ended De Jesus.#