Victims asked to file more rights cases vs Arroyo-A A +A
Saturday, June 18, 2011
MANILA -- Progressive lawyers said human rights victims should come forward and file cases against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, whose near decade rule was rocked by reports of extra-judicial killings and tortures.
This statement came as the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) welcomed the move of United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) to file a P5.4-million civil suit against Arroyo last Thursday.
The case stemmed from reports that church people were allegedly killed, illegally detained and tortured on the suspicion that they were sympathizers of communist rebels.
“If the present Aquino government does not lift a finger to make her (Arroyo) and others accountable for their crimes, then the people will not sit idly by,” NUPL secretary-general Edre Olalia said. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)