CHR chief accused of martial law 'amnesia'

Posted at 09/17/2012 12:18 PM | Updated as of 09/17/2012 4:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Militants today lambasted Commission on Human Rights chief Etta Rosales for her supposed “Martial Law amnesia.”

In a statement, Anakbayan national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo said Rosales, who figured prominently against the dictatorship in the past, could have already forgotten what Martial Law was all about.

Rosales was quoted as saying that students should just go to the library and study about Martial Law rather than going to the streets. She said the martial law of yesterday is different from what they’re doing now.

"It's either Rosales is suffering from amnesia and has forgotten what Martial Law actually was, or she is afflicted from short-term memory loss and is oblivious to the rampant human rights violations committed under the current administration," Crisostomo said.

Citing figures from the human rights watchdog Karapatan, at least 101 people have been killed by alleged military and police personnel under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

The number includes botanist Leonard Co, radio broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega and Dutch development worker Wilhelm Geertman.

Crisostomo said Rosales should just focus on her job and “stop Noynoying, instead of displaying your ignorance of human rights to the public.”

The militants coined the term “Noynoying” as a protest strategy. They are expected to launch various protest actions in commemoration of the declaration of Martial Law.