We collate the daily consumption of unabated massive Philippine extra judicial killings and corruption since 2001 to enable the International Community and Filipino to view. Opposition leaders, journalist, church leaders, farmers are murdered (780+ since 2001 and rising every day).

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Marlene Garcia-Esperat a gunman walked into her house in the city of Tacurong, shot her in front of her family, died instantly from the single bullet wound to her head. The gunman and his accomplice escaped on a motorcycle. An anti-graft columnist for the newspaper the Midland Review in the southern island of Mindanao, Garcia-Esperat, 45, was under police protection as a result of death threats. Local news reports said that on the day of the shooting, she let her two guards leave early for the Easter holiday. Her husband George her murder was connected to a corruption story she wrote, accusing a police officer of illegal logging activity. Tacurong Police Chief Raul Supiter said that no motive had been ruled out, according to the Philippines-based MindaNews news service.On April 11, police announced the arrest of four suspects, including an army sergeant. The four were said to confess their involvement in May, according to local reports. Newspapers have reported several possible leads as to the mastermind; those reports included allegations that two officials from the Mindanao Department of Agriculture, Osmena Montaner and Estrella Sabay, plotted Garcia-Esperat's murder. The officials denied the accusations, but one of the defendants, Randy Barua, a former bodyguard for Sabay, and told police that he hired the gunmen at the behest of Montaner and Sabay, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Murder charges were brought against the two officials, but a judge dismissed them on August 31 because of what he termed insufficient and conflicting evidence. The Esperat family lawyer, Nena Santos, told the Manila Standard that the dismissal was "highly questionable and suspicious," and that it was a "miscarriage of justice." Santos said the judge made the decision the day before being transferred to another court, and the court clerk did not announce the ruling until September 20.Press freedom groups protested the dismissal of charges against the accused masterminds. The four initial defendants also complained to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Gerry Cabayag, identified as the gunman, said he was afraid of retribution from the two agriculture officials, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

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1 comment:

HILLBLOGGER & Hillblogger Jr said...

I also would like to re-post here comments I made in Quezon's blog following a co-commenter's post:

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www.quezon.ph/?p=1099

Aside from the killings, we have to remember the abductions. In Iraq, it is the insurgents that are abducting innocents. Over here, it is the military, our sworn protectors, that have abducted UP students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno.

cvj said this on November 23rd, 2006 at 2:00 am

Indeed, cvj. One of those young students is or was a would be mother. So, where are Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeno?

What happened to them? where are they? Why can’t Gloria demand that the military shed light into their disappearance? Is their disappearance a result of an “ongoing warfare” too? Then, Gloria must face the music and tell the world that she has declared war on her own people!

Their names happen to be on the list that Gloria received from the Amnesty International delegates she invited to meet with her in London. She gave her “word of honor” that these abductions and politically motivated killings would be solved. Nobody told her to make the promise that she would use the full powers of her office to solve these killings (and abductions) - but she did it. Is this another “parole en l’air”?

What happened to them? where are they? Why can’t Gloria demand that the military shed light into their disappearance?

Gloria by having appropriated chief executive powers for herself as well as the role of commander in chief of the armies and the police, could easily COMMAND the military and the police to release the young women or to send their bodies back to their families if they are dead.

If the chief of staff or a major service commander could easily demand of a subaltern “TO PRODUCE” (a tradition in the military) anything and everything, financial and otherwise, why can’t one who calls herself commander in chief do the same to her chief of staff, armed forces?

anna de brux said this on November 23rd, 2006 at 3:09 am