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No change, impunity prevails under Aquino—Karapatan

Press Release |
February 25, 2013

As the nation commemorates the 27th anniversary of the People Power 1 uprising, human rights group Karapatan today said that “the Noynoy Aquino government’s commemoration is completely an empty exercise meant as a window-dressing for the administration’s dismal human rights record.”

Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay said 27 years after Edsa 1, human rights violations continue to be committed with impunity through Aquino’s counter-insurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, which resulted to 137 victims of extrajudicial killings, 14 cases of enforced disappearances, 498 victims of illegal arrests, among others.

“It is appalling that Aquino projects himself as a promoter of human rights and democracy, while those under his command, especially in the military and police, commit human rights abuses to quell the Filipino people’s growing discontent over his administration’s anti-people economic and social policies,” Palabay said.

Karapatan notes that notorious human rights violators since the Martial Law period up to present have not been fully made accountable for their grave crimes against the people and that they have instead sustained their hold onto powerful positions in government.

“The signs that impunity prevail are very visible – from the Marcoses and Martial Law implementor Juan Ponce Enrile, the non-arrest of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr., and Aquino’s promotion of torturers and abductors such as Gen. Eduardo Año,” she added.

Palabay said that the “Edsa 1 uprising is a cumulative articulation of the Filipino people’s aspirations against the Marcoses’ tyrannical rule, the utter disregard for human rights, the sheer greed of the society’s ruling class for money and power, and the hapless bludgeoning of the poor Filipinos into the mire of poverty.”

“Edsa 1’s most relevant and significant lesson teaches us that meaningful and thoroughgoing societal change does not mean the mere change in the names and faces of tyrants but the claim of the majority of the poor and marginalized Filipinos to the arduous struggle for human rights, justice, freedom and national democracy,” she concluded. ###

Reference:    Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
              Angge Santos, Media Liaison, 0918-9790580

Court freezes Imelda Marcos’ estimated P34-M account


Posted on 06/29/2012 3:02 PM  | Updated 06/29/2012 5:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan’s fifth division has slapped a garnishment order on the multi-million peso deposits of Ilocos Norte Rep Imelda Romualdez-Marcos at the Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) to satisfy a P36-M judgment cost imposed on her late husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, for siphoning funds from the National Food Authority (NFA) in 1983.

Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos

In a letter submitted to the graft court yesterday, PVB legal officer Rydely C. Valmores, confirmed that Mrs Marcos has an account with the bank’s main office servicing department (MOSD) branch. Valmores made the disclosure in compliance with the notice of garnishment dated June 20, 2012 sent by Sandiganbayan acting chief sheriff Albert A. Dela Cruz.

“In compliance with the said Notice of Garnishment, PVB-MOSD Branch was instructed to hold/freeze the account sufficient to cover the garnishment amount,” the bank officer said.

The freeze order arose from a Sandiganbayan decision on Sept 9, 2010 ordering Mrs Marcos to return to the government the P10-M NFA funds secretly transferred by her late husband to a private account on July 27, 1983.

In its ruling, the graft court held that former President Marcos pocketed P10-M that was withdrawn on his personal orders from the NFA’s account at the Philippine National Bank. According to the computations made by Sandiganbayan accountant Rodito C. Laggui Jr., interests on the P10-M for almost 29 years has amounted to P34-M.

Mrs Marcos was also ordered to pay 28 years worth of interest on the principal amount with additional penalties of P1 million in moral damages; P500,000 exemplary damages; P250,000 nominal damages; and P200,000 attorney’s fees.

3 properties

Sheriff Dela Cruz said once the judgment cost has been fully satisfied, the Sandiganbayan would release custody over 3 real estate properties of the Marcos family in San Juan City that were earlier seized for possible public auction to raise the required amount.

These were residential lots with the biggest one measuring 1,584 square meters; a second one with an area of 864 sq.m. located on P. Gueverra corner Maude Streets; and a 932-sq.m. property situated on Claro M. Recto Street, all in San Juan City.

A second bank account in the name of Mrs Marcos at Metrobank-Batac, Ilocos Norte branch was also garnished but Metrobank garnishment head Tina Marie L. Sabado said it only contained P100,289.20.

Dela Cruz said once the court has verified that there are enough funds in the PVB account to cover the judgment cost, the Sandiganbayan will lift garnishment on the other bank deposits of Mrs Marcos. –