Moro Human Rights group denounces spokesperson's surveillance by military

A Specialist of National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) named Napoleon Olvara Aragones went Tuesday, February 10, to Student Affairs Office of Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC) and gathered information regarding Indayla’s profile and activities.

Aragones further asked several teachers concerning Indayla’s home address and daily whereabouts, photocopied her photo from their yearbook and got copies of CCSPC’s student publication since Indayla was the Editor-in-Chief.

According to the group, the surveillance or “profiling” of Indayla is a clear act of harassment and violation of right to privacy, civil and political rights.

Prior  to her stint as Kawagib’s spokesperson, Indayla was a campus journalist and student-leader; apparent reasons of NICA’s surveillance.     

Indayla said, “The continuing crackdown of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regime’s Oplan Bantay Laya II (OBL II) haunts not only activists but also church people, journalists and human rights defenders. Under OBL II, critics of the government are tagged as “enemies of the state” and became target of abduction, summary execution and other forms of human rights violations. The government is persevere in attaining their goal – neutralize if not execute all critics fighting for parliamentary struggle.”

According to KARAPATAN, a national alliance of human rights organizations, victims of extra-judicial killings under Arroyo’s occupancy have already reached 991. Most of these are known activist-leaders and critics of Arroyo government.

“It is very disheartening to reflect that state agents who are supposed to be the ones guaranteeing civilians’ rights are the same people who desecrate it. What they’re doing contradicts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other international humanitarian laws’ declaration, more so, the Philippine Constitution,” Indayla lamented.

The Kawagib Moro Human Rights Organization calls the NICA and all intelligence units of Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police to stop the surveillance and respect the rights of Bai Ali Indayla and all human rights defenders. (Kawagib)