JUNE 17, 2015
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
DAVAO CITY- Human rights group Karapatan-SMR demanded the accountability of ranking officials in the AFP over the civilian victims of the Paquibato Massacre.
Secretary-general Hanimay Suazo stipulated Maj. Gen. Eduardo Año of the 10th ID, to which the 69th IB is part of, and Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad of the Eastern Mindanao Command, who oversees the operations of the units in the mentioned area.
“As the people to whom the 69th IB looks up to, these individuals have played a role in the massacre of the Paquibato 3. It is from their orders that the soldiers in their respective act upon,” said Suazo.
Both generals, Suazo said, already have records of human rights violations long before they were operating in Mindanao.
“Ano has been implicated in the disappearance of farmer activist Jonas Burgos, while Baladad has been involved in the illegal detention and torture of the Morong 43.”
Suazo bemoans that the prediction by various concerned groups in the promotion and transfer of Baladad and Ano had come true, with the string of atrocities from the military ever since the two said officials took office in Mindanao.
“Back in 2013, the promotion of four AFP officials, Eduardo Año and Aurelio Baladad, sparked anger amongst various groups. It meant that human rights violators were given higher ground to committing more violations, and would come on unhindered in that task,” Suazo said.
“This is the result of the Aquino regime’s Oplan Bayanihan: terrorists from the AFP are promoted, and civilians massacred then falsely claimed as members of the New People’s Army. This is a clear definition of the state of impunity in the Philippines.” Suazo concluded.