About 3,000 protesters marched to the
to call for justice
for the victims of human rights violations on the 67 th commemoration of Human
Rights Day yesterday. Bacolod Public
The protest called for a stop to Oplan Bayanihan, the counter-insurgency program of the government under President Benigno Aquino III, that has violated the rights of the people in a number of forms, Clarizza Dagatan, Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights regional coordinator, said.
The protest began at 1 p.m. at two points: the Negros Occidental Capitol Lagoon and
, with contingents
from the Northern Negros Human Rights Advocates, the September 21 Movement,
Bayan-Negros, National Federation of Sugar Workers, Kilusang Magbubukid ng
Pilipinas-Negros, and Promotion of Church and People's Response, she said. Sacred
Dagatan said the cultural groups and sectors gathered also to call for the release of the political prisoners, and for attention to the cases of human rights violations in
She said the “Terminator” effigy, based on the foreign motion picture, shows the protesters' view of the president as a terminator of the rights of the people.
She also said the effigy illustrates how the president has been a puppet of the U.S. government, making him the number one violator of human rights through the AFP, and even by failing the serve the hungry and impoverished Filipinos.*