, apologist of human rights violators, has no place in the ML
victims' Claims Board - SELDA
Aside from being a PC officer under Marcos, Sarmiento was the former head of the PNP's Human Rights Affairs Office during the Arroyo regime.
"The Macapagal-Arroyo regime had the worst record of human rights violations post-Martial Law.
Sarmiento's position as human rights officer under Arroyo is similarly deplorable," Enriquez added.
"We do not see any clear basis for the appointment of Sarmiento; only a conscious effort to discredit and dishonor Martial Law victims.
Lina Sarmiento of the Philippine National Police as chair of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board that shall process the recognition and reparation of Martial Law victims.
During the Arroyo
administration, when Sarmiento
was part of the PNP
Human Rights Office, 152 women were women victims of extrajudicial killing, 31 women were disappeared, while 290 women were illegally arrested and detained," said Cristina Palabay, Tanggol Bayi co-convenor.
While it is important to promote the substantive and democratic participation of women in all political processes, the appointment of Sarmiento does not, at all accounts, indicate that the poor, marginalized and disadvantaged Filipino women who suffered and struggled during the Martial Law period will attain justice, with a representative of their oppressors at the helm of the claims body," Palabay said.