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Petitioning The Filipino People and 2 others

Urge Aquino to respect the human rights of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

As the recent political events have shown in the Philippines, there has been a blatant disregard for the basic human rights of the former head of state, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. On trumped up charges on electoral fraud, she was prevented from leaving the country to seek medical treatment for her ailment. In any other country that observes the rule of law, the hearsay evidence of the Maguindanao massacre backhoe operator would have been immediately dismissed. As it turned out, GMA has had to endure detention on a non-bailable offense based on the testimony of someone without any credibility at all. Just recently, before the State of the Nation Address of the current president scheduled on July 23, and when it appears that Pasay CityJudge Mupas would have no recourse but grant GMA's request for bail, a plunder charge has been filed against her, another non-bailable offense. It is obvious the current administration is bent on keeping her on detention at all costs, disregarding her need to get treatment for her ailment overseas. This is a denial of her basic right to avail of a medical technology anywhere she wishes in the world. As Senator Miriam Santiago has stated, GMA has been denied her basic right to bail by charging her with a non-bailable crime, one after another. There is an obvious pattern here and it is to the interest of the Filipinos to check the disregard of the current government for the rule of law. In the country today, there is a mockery of the basic democratic ideal of the independence of the three co-equal branches of government, all in the name of keeping GMA in jail, even though she has not been convicted of any crime. All public institutions including the media in addition to the legislative and the judiciary have been used to make sure GMA stays in detention. This is an obvious violation of the right of the former head of state as a human being not only to be able to seek freely medical treatment anywhere she desires, but also of her right guaranteed by the constitution of the presumption of innocence. She is obviously made a pawn by the Aquino administration to promote its campaign against corruption in the country. By singling out an individual and putting on GMA the onus of decades of corruption that is the norm in public life in the Philippines, the Aquino administration has obviously violated  her basic rights as a human being.

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  • The Filipino People
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • United Nations Human Rights Council

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