MANILA, Philippines - At least 16 people have become victims of extrajudicial killings during President Benigno Aquino III's 100 days, a human rights group said Tuesday.
Rights group Karapatan said that the 16 cases of extrajudicial killing is just a continuation of the 18 killings that happened during the last 6 months in office of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Karapatan said that aside from "nothing has changed," the manner of killings that happened during the last 3 months "become even more horrendous."
It said perpetrators of extrajudicial killings now forcibly enter the houses of their victims who "dragged, tortured and killed right in front of their families."
The group also noted that 2 fishermen, who were allegedly snatched by suspected members of the military from their house, are still missing.
Karapatan said that with the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings during the past administration, the culture of impunity continues.
"The perpetrators of 1,207 killings, 205 enforced disappearances and hundreds of human rights violations cases under the Arroyo regime are still not prosecuted and convicted. Hence, the continuing impunity," Jigs Clamor, secretary-general of Karapatan, said.
Clamor added: "The President made bold announcements on human rights; but sadly, these remain general statements without substance and real meaning to victims as his words are just empty rhetorics, meant to appease the Filipino public and the international community."
He said that the continuing incidence of killings and enforced disappearances of activists means that the past and present administrations are "more of the same."