Human rights campaigner Jose Diokno of the Philippines, said in Hong Kong on November 25 that repression in his country had worsened in the past year, and he appealed for world condemnation of the Ferdinand Marcos government.
SV Filipino Opposition leader Jose Diokno sitting at interview table.
CUs and SV Diokno speaking, (SOT) cut to newsmen (3 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO): DIOKNO: "The Marcos government has stepped up its campaign trade unions and against religious, and we fear the next stage will be against professionals. And therefore, this is and opportunity I could not pass up to appeal to you for support of the Amnesty International recommendations, which would go a long way towards minimising the violations of human rights that are taking place in the country. These violations range from arbitrary and unjustified arrests to torture, to outright massacres. And we hope that people of good will, worldwide, will take a grater interest in what is happening in the Philippines, and will put the collective weight of international public opinion in favour of respect of human rights." (Newsman's question indistinct) DIOKNO: "Well, let me give you an example of what I mean. In June of this year, a group of about 15 (sic) people were arrested and brought down from a house in a small town in Zamboanga Province. Once they were on the ground, they were questioned briefly, their hands were tied behind their backs and the people of the small village where this happened were told that the military would bring these 13 people to town for interrogation. Well, they left and, after a few minutes, the people of the village heard shots. When they went to the place after the shooting had died down, and they had gained enough courage, when they went to the place where the shooting seemed to have come from, they saw all these 13 people lying along the road dead - their hands still tied behind their backs. The military explanation was that they had tried to escape."
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Background: Human rights campaigner Jose Diokno of the Philippines, said in Hong Kong on November 25 that repression in his country had worsened in the past year, and he appealed for world condemnation of the Ferdinand Marcos government. Senator Diokno said human rights violations ranged unjust arrests to torture and outright massacres, and he predicted even grimmer prospects next year. Senator Diokno, who heads the Free Legal Assistance Group, cited one alleged massacre by the military at the town of Roxas in Southern Zamboanga Province in June, 1982. He said 13 suspected members of the communist New People's Army were taken from a house and escorted away with their hands tied. Later, the 13 were found shot dead, still bound. The military claimed they had tried to escape, but Senator Diokno described the incident as a massacre. The Senator is in Hong Kong for talks with its branch of Amnesty International, which itself has repeatedly denounced repression in the Philippines. He said economic recovery would not start in the country before 1984, and he predicted that the government would introduce more repressive measures as the Filipino people became more restless He called for immediate dismantling of United States bases in the Philippines, saying U.S. support for the Marcos government was exacerbating the country's problems.