Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo wants more attention focused on human rights abuses as President Duterte extends martial law

 / 03:36 PM July 23, 2017

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called on the government to further look into allegations of human rights abuses in Marawi City as Congress voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017.

“Mayroong mga alegasyon na mayroong paglabag ng mga karapatang pantao. Tingin ko kailangang tingnan din ito para hindi na lumala pa (There were allegations of human rights violations. I think we need to look into this so it wouldn’t worsen),” Robredo said in her weekly radio program, Biserbisyong Leni.

In a joint session, Congress approved with 261-18 votes on Saturday President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31 despite objections from the minority.

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Vice President Leni Robredo

Samira Gutoc Tomawis of the Ranao Rescue Team shared in the plenary the harrowing experiences of Marawi locals under martial law, including people being asked to strip down their clothes and to dig their own graves.

Robredo said these were the similar issues raised to her during one of her visits to Mindanao.

“Mahalaga iyong mensahe niya. At ito din iyong mensahe na… Noong pang-ilang baba ko na sa Mindanao, ito din iyong pinaaabot sa akin (Her message is important. This was the same message raised to me during one of my visits to Mindanao),” Robredo added, referring to Tomawis.

And to appease the people’s apprehensions over martial law, Robredo said the government should ensure that what happened during the dark days of Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law will not happen again.

Robredo explained she had raised these concerns with Defense Secretary and martial law administrator Delfin Lorenzana as she visited evacuation centers in Balo-i and Iligan City.

“Sinabi ko sa kaniya, ‘Sec, ang pinapakiusap lang po ng mga tao doon na isali naman sila sa usapan. Pinapakiusap lang po na konsultahin naman sila.’ At ito ay ipinangako naman ni Secretary Lorenzana,” the vice president said./rga

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2 Responses to “Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo wants more attention focused on human rights abuses as President Duterte extends martial law”

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    What about the human rights abuses against citizens by drug dealers, gangs, and drug addicts? Nothing mentioned about loss of lives and property damages caused by gangs, dealers, and junkies, all, engaging in crime and basically war against their own nation and people. The criminal element wants to play hardball, and expects “civility” and “progressiveness”, to be limp wristed and tolerate the casualties. Duterte, is correct, in the methods of the “Iron Fist”.

  2. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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