The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) denounces the authors of the leaked PowerPoint presentation of a document classified as ‘secret’ entitled “3rd Quarter OB [Order of Battle] Validation result’ purportedly prepared by the JCICC ‘Agula’ under the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the 10th Infantry Division. The OB is in the least a despicable joke that should merit a far heavier punishment than the prohibited ‘bomb joke’ at airport terminals. It inevitably creates fear and anxiety in the listed people and their families. At worst, it is an insidious document that exposes the hard-heartedness of the military and the obstinacy of Ms. Gloria Arroyo, as both Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, in completely disregarding a pertinent recommendation of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, Prof. Philip Alston, that:
The Government should immediately direct all military officers to cease making
public statements linking political or other civil society groups to those engaged in armed insurgencies. If such characterizations are ever to be made it must be by civilian authorities, on the basis of transparent criteria, and in conformity with the human rights provisions of the Constitution and relevant treaties.
PAHRA also expresses extreme alarm at the inclusion of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) which obviously insinuates the targeting of all those who particularly work in TFDP as well as all who generally are active in the promotion and defense of human rights.
TFDP is a member of PAHRA. The Association of the Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP) set up TFDP in the early years of martial law in1974. It has since documented thousands of cases, and served victims and their families of human rights violations. TFDP was placed in an earlier O.B. produced by the military entitled “Knowing the Enemy”.