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Hoy gising! Makabayan bloc hits House for inaction on human rights violations

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The progressive Makabayan bloc has lost its patience over the apparent inaction of the House of Representatives on complaints of human rights violations under the Duterte administration.

The seven-member bloc on Thursday slammed the House leadership, including Committee on Human Rights chair and Zambales Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla, for allegedly “sitting on” the resolutions seeking to investigate human rights abuses.

The group said they have filed resolutions to investigate the deaths of Kian Delos Santos and Reynaldo “Kulot” De Guzman, who were both killed in the government’s bloody anti-drug war.

They also filed resolutions in relation to the killings of priests and peasant and lumad leaders in Mindanao.

“In the 16th Congress, we have conducted on-site hearings in areas where human rights violations were committed. Unfortunately, in the present Congress, even at the height of Oplan Tokhang, Oplan Kapayapaan, Martial Law and Oplan Tambay not one of these resolutions have been heard,” the group said.

The group has also filed resolutions to probe violent dispersals in rallies and workers’ strikes, and to investigate the alleged abuses in Marawi rehabilitation efforts.

Earlier this week, the Makabayan bloc filed separate resolutions to investigate the government’s campaign against loiterers following the death of alleged “tambay” Genesis “Tisoy” Argoncillo.

“But not one of these resolutions have been deliberated upon,” the group stressed.

“We are calling on the House leadership to also look at the interests of human rights victims and the exploited. We call on the leadership to immediately conduct hearings on the various resolutions that would look into their plight,” they said.