“Baladad’s then Morong 43, now Paquibato 3”- Karapatan SMR

FROM CAVITE TO PAQUIBATO Lt.Gen Aurelio Baladad is known for commanding military units known for their human rights violations. (Photo by Juan Escandor Jr./ Bicol Mail. Lifted from https://sanfranchrp.wordpress.com)
FROM CAVITE TO PAQUIBATO Lt.Gen Aurelio Baladad is known for commanding military units known for their human rights violations. (Photo by Juan Escandor Jr./ Bicol Mail. Lifted from https://sanfranchrp.wordpress.com)

DAVAO CITY- Amid news of the CHR’s decision on the illegal arrest and torture of 43 health workers in Morong, Rizal from four years ago, a human rights group says that the mastermind of such inhumane action is now involved in yet another massive rights violation.

Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, said that now Lt.Gen.  Aurelio Baladad, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, oversaw the ordeal of the Morong 43, and is now terrorizing the area of eastern Mindanao.

Suazo said that Baladad’s tactics are long known, and has repeated itself again in this week’s Paquibato massacre.

“The Morong 43 were falsely accused as members of the NPA. Likewise, the three civilian casualties in the Paquibato Massacre have also been labeled as members of this armed group. The pattern is the same, and it is condemnable that Aurelio Baladad continues to terrorize people by randomly picking them and presenting them as NPA’s” Suazo said.

Suazo lamented that Baladad had been promoted, despite his record of human rights violations.

“This is what Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan means: human rights violators are awarded for their atrocities, thus resulting to this recent massacre in Paquibato.”

Suazo voiced out that similar to the case of the Morong 43, the Paquibato 3 would most likely be decided by the CHR as victims of military atrocities, in a time that may be too late.

“The decision of the CHR about them (Morong 43) comes too late. It could be the same case for the Paquibato 3, unless the CHR manages to work itself efficiently out.” Karapatan-SMR is due to conduct a fact-finding mission in Brgy. Paradise Embac, scene of the Paquibato Massacre, this June 20. ###

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“Año and Baladad have to be held accountable”- Karapatan-SMR

“ANO AND BALADAD ARE ACCOUNTABLE” Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, said that Maj. Gen. Eduardo Ano and Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad are both responsible for the deaths of the Paquibato Massacre, as they are the ones who oversee the works of the military forces stationed in this side of Mindanao. Karapatan-SMR and other groups conducted a condemnation protest at the Eastern Mindanao Command in Camp Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City. (PHOTO AND CAPTION BY LAZ OLALO, KARAPATAN-SMR)

JUNE 17, 2015
PRESS RELEASE
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
0932-198-6728

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.

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