War over CHR highlights rift between leftists, reformists
Posted at 07/19/2010 9:50 AM | Updated as of 07/19/2010 7:44 PM
MANILA, Philippines – News about the impending appointment of former Akbayan party-list representative Etta Rosales as chairwoman of the Commission on Human Rights is highlighting a rift between groups allied with the Extreme Left and other activist organizations.
In an interview over ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Karapatan secretary-general Marie-Hilao Enriquez said various rights groups oppose Rosales’ appointment because she backed a compromise settlement with the Marcoses and established a separate group of victims that would choose monetary settlement over justice for the entire class.
Enriquez said her opposition to Rosales’ appointment is not personal. She added, however, that Rosales seemed to have changed her position on the criminal liability of the Marcoses “when there was a chance that money could be gained.”
“We are not setting aside her track record and accomplishments. Even President Cory instituted reforms to bring back our democratic institutions. The problem is — they changed their positions when there’s money or if they have a lifeline to the people in power,” she said.
For her part, Rosales said she and other reform-minded groups fought hard to win a conviction against the Marcos family for various human rights violations during the martial law era.