Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A Place You Can Die Any Time

That's Mindanao, particularly Davao City, according to Human Rights Watch in a news story from the Inquirer. Full report can be downloaded here.

Of course, the USA is also a place you can die any time. Inquirer story from AFP mentions many of these killings that happened in the last month. Any time you can die in the US too.

Then you can also read from many sources about the vigilante-type killings in US soil related to the drug trade in Mexico and illegal aliens' repeated disregard of the law (including murder and honor killings), while the US DHS and local governments (and other law enforcement agencies) look the other way. Any time you can die too..

Then again, while it is true that there are "mistaken-identity" killings gone unresolved, many of those killed in "Mindanao" have also been enjoying themselves in criminal activities and also refuse to change despite warnings or be rehabilitated under the justice system. Thin line.

Of course, we are awaiting a report on the killings perpetuated by the NPA, MILF, MNLF, and the Abu Sayyaf. These are groups that do not have high regard for human rights. Can we get some report out of HRW? Oh, they can't. They are too afraid to go to Mindanao, because they can die there any time.

Update: Read Ann's article.

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