Marines committed Human Rights Violations (HRVs) to civilians

The Bangsamoro Center for JustPeace (BCJP) received reports from Tiyakap Kawagib volunteers for the month of May 2011 of two incidents of human rights violations allegedly committed by the Philippine marines.

According to their reports, a certain Muslimin Mambulao and Paks Guiama, both civilian farmers, were arrested by elements of Philippine Marines without necessary warrant at about 6am last May 18, 2011 at Sitio Balangkayan, Barangay Dumpilas in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.

Innocent victims Muslimin and Paks were blind-folded while travelling with the Marines en route to their headquarters in nearby town of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat Province. Subsequently, they handed over to Police Mobile Group in same town at around 4pm of May 18, 2011.

The report cited that Muslimin and Paks confided of experiencing severe torture and physically harmed by the marines and the police. The victims also said they were warned by the Marines and Police elements not to report the physical harm inflicted them. No reason was cited for the warning.

In a related development, Usman Guiamadel, reportedly member of Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was arrested by elements of the MBLT-1 without warrant of arrest at around 8pm last may 26, 2011 at Barangay Poblacion in Lebak.

According to sources, an informant told the Marines that Usman Guiamadel was Basit Usman, who is wanted for several criminal cases and alleged links to international terrorism. Without due process, the Marines arrested the innocent Usman based on unsubstantiated information. A day after his arbitrary arrest, Guiamadel was brought to the headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Manila.

According to the MILF, the arrest of Guimadel is a blatant violation of human rights and the ceasefire accord between the government and the MILF. These arbitrary arrests committed by Marines undermine the ceasefire and the GPH – MILF Peace Process, notwithstanding the fact that due process of law was not observed.

Meantime, MILF will file a complaint against the government for this case that purportedly constituted violations to the GPH – MILF Agreement on Civilian Protection.

 

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