Sunday, March 25, 2007

PERMANENT PEOPLES' TRIBUNAL : Gloria Arroyo regime is guilty of crimes against humanity

Philippines bogus President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is best remembered the worst violator of the Constitution. She is also best remembered for her ability to spin, deny and deflect issues on her inept corrupt government to the opposition. Mrs. Gloria Arroyo and General Eduardo Ermita’s military clique have joins the ranks of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in terms of extra-judicial killings/political killings, disappearances, torture, false witnesses and testimonies and deliberate abuses of civil liberties. The Arroyo regime is guilty as charged-crimes against humanity.

Arroyo regime worse than Marcos era’

ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

The six-member jury on the Permanent People’s Tribunal found the administration of President Arroyo to be worse than the Marcos government it had tried in 1980.

The jury found the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo government, the George W. Bush government and their accomplices guilty of gross violations of human rights, economic and social rights and transgression of the national sovereignty of the Filipino people.

Jury President Francois Houtart said that the jury found very similar situations during the time of Marcos and the present government.

“During Marcos, the whole world knew that there was a dictatorship and it is expected that there will be violations of human rights. Today democracy, that is perhaps the reason why it is less known in the rest of the world that today’s situation is similar to martial law, thirty years ago,” Houtart said.

Houtart said the tribunal will hold the Arroyo administration liable if “anything happens to the witnesses that testified.”

PPT Secretary General Gianni Tognoni, speaking on behalf of the jurors, told ABS-CBN’s Balitang Europe that the verdict was unanimous due to the overwhelming evidence presented. Tognoni added the jury did not have a moment of doubt as to the guilt of Mrs. Arroyo and Bush during the deliberations.

The jurors also denounced as “unacceptable” the inclusion of the Philippine government under the Arroyo administration in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The inclusion of the Philippines, the jurors said, undermines the credibility of the United Nations particularly in human rights, and is “an intolerable offense” to the victims.

Houtart said that although the verdict may be legally non-binding, it is nevertheless “morally binding.”

The judgement will be transmitted to the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, the European Parliament and various foreign governments.

Tognoni said that the transmittal to these bodies will be a major step toward focusing world attention on the human rights crisis in the Philippines.

World opinion will add more pressure to the US-supported Arroyo administration to stop the killings, he added.

Japanese juror Oda Makoto, a well-known novelist and social activist, apologized to the Filipinos for not knowing what has been happening in the Philippines since he sat on the jury that tried the Marcos government in 1980.

Malaysian juror Irene Fernandez, a lawyer, social development expert and head of Tenaganita, wished that liberation will come soon for the Filipinos.

Sen. Ana Marie “Jamby” Madrigal told Balitang Europe that Mrs. Arroyo deserves the verdict.

“I hope Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be made accountable for crimes against humanity by the international community,” Madrigal told Balitang Europe.

Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, compared Mrs. Arroyo to a devil dwarf.

“You know, a devil dwarf does mischief, all that’s bad. Marcos being a dictator is a giant, while Gloria, no matter how big her voice, is a pip squeak,” Sison told Balitang Europe

Around 200 people gathered at the Pax Christikerk in the Hague, The Netherlands for the announcement of the verdict and for show of solidarity.

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