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"The first seven years of the Arroyo administration brought, not only intense economic instability and impoverishment, but also death to many of its critics. Those accused of “destabilizing her government” were silenced through the state’s military and police forces. Oplan Bantay-Laya directed the organizing and setting loose of death squads – mostly motorcycle-riding men wearing bonnets – primarily in provincial urban centers to go after members of leftist organizations." KARAPATAN (2008 Human Rights Report)