KAIROS Briefing Paper #13: Human Rights in the Philippines
Since President Gloria Arroyo assumed power in 2001, the human rights record of the country has been abysmal. Despite national and international outcries, extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances and intense militarization have terrorized the Philippine population. A report released by the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights cites a total of 887 incidences of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and 185 incidences of enforced or involuntary disappearances in the Philippines from the time Arroyo assumed power in 2001 to October 2007. Ironically, 277 of such killings have taken place since 2006, the year the Philippines was elected as a memberof the HRC.