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On October 16, 2011, a 17-year old girl from Baras, Rizal was raped by the elements of 16th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army based in Baras, Rizal. According to the family, the incident occurred when the victim, together with her cousin and a friend who were both minors, were invited to the anniversary celebration of the 16th Infantry Battalion Philippine Army which was held inside the camp in Baras, Rizal. The soldiers reportedly gave them cake and drinks that caused them to feel dizzy.  The soldiers allegedly abused her when she has lost her consciousness.  The victim was confined in the National Center for Mental Health after the incident.

In another incident, on February 16, 2012, Jessie Perez, 31; and Cristian Noceto, 15 years old were killed and Gino Ibanez, also 15 years old and Francis Abanilla, 18, were wounded by elements of Armed Forces of the Philippines in Magdalena, Laguna. 

The four (4) victims were mistakenly identified as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) while hunting for food and were fired at by combined elements of 202nd Brigade of Philippine Army and Special force from Quezon wherein fifty-three (53) bullet slugs were found in the area of the incident.

The group joined GABRIELA in a picket in front of Camp Aguinaldo to hold accountable the AFP for the human rights violations against women and children.  “We strongly condemn this blatant human rights violation by the military,” said Jacquiline Ruiz, Executive Director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center.  “These human rights violations clearly manifest the continuing and reigning military aggression.  Civilians and innocent children are not spared from the claws of the military atrocities.

She said that these incidents unmasked Aquino’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) aka Oplan Bayanihan. “The AFP actually contradicts the IPSP’s supposed peace and development program in rural communities. Oplan Bayanihan projects a humanitarian guise through medical missions and relief operations but its real intent is to create terror among rural communities,” she said.

CRC also challenged President Aquino, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to do the necessary investigation of the incidents as well as other human rights violations and to punish those who are responsible. “Most importantly, we are demanding the President to put an end to the culture of impunity and respect and uphold children’s rights and human rights,” Ruiz ended. ###