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Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers protest letter on the Kidapawan Massacre

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Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines

By e-mail only: embassy@philemb.co.uk

FAO: the Ambassador to the UK

Dear Sir,

Re: massacre at Kipadawan City.

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers was founded in 1930. It is an organisation that provides a forum for the discussion and analysis of law and the legal system both nationally and internationally, from a socialist perspective. It is independent of any political party. Its membership consists of individuals who are lawyers, academics or students and legal workers, and it also has trade union and labour affiliates.

We write in order to register our protest following a massacre which we understand took took place at Kipadawan City on 1 April 2016. As you will be aware  police and military opened fire on a demonstration of around 5000 farmers. We understand that at least 3 protestors were killed, and more than 100 people were injured. We further understand that there were multiple arrests and numerous protesters where put in prison.

We understand that the protest was organised by small scale farmers whose lands have been severely hit by two years of drought caused by the effects of El Nino.

Climatologists are saying that the 2015-2016 El Nino event is currently the worst on record. It is predicted that around 85% of the country will have been affected by drought by the end of April 2016, creating a desperate situation for around 12 million Filipinos whose livelihoods are drawn from agriculture and fisheries.

You will be aware that a recent memorandum by the Philippine Department of Agriculture has stated that 237,000 hectares of agricultural land is suffering drought with an estimated 358,000 metric tonnes of production lost. The Department of Trade and Industry has declared a state of emergency  in several drought-stricken provinces and cities in Mindanao.

The current drought is severely affecting provinces all across the Philippines. It is causing economic devastation for thousands of Filipinos. There is growing hunger and poverty in the worst hit areas such as Kidapawan, there is growing hunger and desperation. The major threat currently is food security in the Philippines.

It is vital that the Philippines government take immediate measures both to ensure that no communities in the Philippines are facing starvation, and to introduce long term measures, such as large scale investment in irrigation systems, against future droughts to protect national food security. We also believe that the state should intervene to stop the export of food and to nationalize under workers control the monopolised multi-national food companies in the country.

There are – as we are sure you are aware – many other towns and provinces apart from Kidapawan are now facing a desperate situation and other farmers are organising in other provinces to protest their desperate situation. The brutal and bloody response of the authorities to the Kidapawan farmers’ protest, should not be the response to the food crisis.

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers together with other Filipino organisations both in the UK and the Philippines call for the following:

  •  We call for immediate and adequate support and relief to the farmers.
  •  We call for an enquiry into why the government funds provided for such relief last January had not been used for that purpose.
  •  We call for an explanation of why the state authorities continue to refuse to distribute relief goods to these farmers and their communities, and frustrate the efforts of those seeking to provide such support from their own resources.
  •  We call for a truly open and independent enquiry into the policing of this event and, most especially, into the use of live ammunition against a crowd composed of both families and young children and into the allegations of torture.
  •  We demand that those responsible for the outrageous state actions against protesting farmers be brought to justice and pay for their actions both in crowd dispersal and what happened subsequently.

We are registering our protest in solidarity with farmers and workers in the Philippines. We also support the call by the IADL who have demanded that the authorities adhere to the 1990 United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. As you are aware that expects  law enforcement officials to only use arms under stringent conditions and only when strictly necessary. Under the 1985 Philippine Public Assembly Act, the carrying, use and discharge of firearms by members of any law enforcement agency in a public assembly is prohibited. The attack against unarmed civilians also violates the 1998 Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law (CARHRIHL), to which the Philippine government is a party

On that basis we expect that an independent judicial inquiry into these events will be carried out and those who have acted, as a matter of law, illegally to be brought to justice.

 

We look forward to your reply.

 

Yours sincerely,

Russell Fraser (Chair, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers)

April 20, 2016   No Comments

Karapatan welcomes incoming president’s proposal to release all political prisoners

Karapatan welcomes incoming president’s proposal to release all political prisoners

publicinfo: May 18 02:49PM +0800

Press Statement
May 18, 2016

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831
Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

Karapatan welcomes incoming president’s proposal to release all political prisoners
<http://www.karapatan.org/Karapatan+welcomes+incoming+president%E2%80%99s+proposal+to+release+all+political+prisoners>*

Karapatan welcomes the proposal of presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte to release all political prisoners through a general, unconditional and omnibus amnesty.

“This will partly give justice to the political prisoners, whose rights were violated,” said Cristina Palabay, Karapatan secretary general.

There are 543 documented political prisoners in different parts of the country. Majority, if not all, of the political prisoners were detained based on trumped-up criminal charges against them, violating their rights under the GPH-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) and the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG).

“There should be no set conditions on the release of political prisoners, especially the obligation to admit guilt because the political prisoners did not commit the crimes charged against them,” said Palabay.

For their political activities, political prisoners are charged with common crimes such as arson, murder, frustrated murder and other similar crimes.

Of the 543 political prisoners, 18 are peace consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines. There are at least 88 ailing prisoners who need proper medical treatment and 48 are elderly.

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May 19, 2016   No Comments

Police officers arbitrarily shoot victim

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-048-2016

18 May 2016
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PHILIPPINES : Police officers arbitrarily shoot victim

ISSUES: Extrajudicial Killing, Police violence, Rule of law
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) deeply regrets to inform you that a man was killed in Surigao del Norte. The victim was shot by the police in front of his wife and children when they came to serve an arrest warrant to him.

CASE DETAILS: (Based on the documentation by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC))

In March 2014, Police Inspector Chiren Apdian, the Surigao del Norte Chief of Police, and Senior Police Officer 2 Henry Sujian came to the Dumanjog residence in Alipao, Alegria, Surigao Del Norte to serve a warrant of arrest to a person named Rogelio G. Dumanjog for allegedly committing the crime of illegal possession of firearms, pending before the Regional Trial Court of Bislig City, Surigao.

Diecena Dumanjog tried to stop the arrest of her husband, whose name is Jesus not Rogelio, but the police did not listen to her and insisted on the arrest. Jesus Dumanjog was brought to Alegria police station and interrogated. The police then learned that Rogelio and Jesus are two different persons, but they still continued to take pictures of Jesus from different angles.

Jesus simply kept silent and went with the demands of the police. Shortly thereafter, one of the arresting police officers
told Jesus to sign a blank sheet in their blotter book, saying that he would be freed once he signed it, but he refused to sign the sheet.

After Jesus’ release from the police station with deteriorating health conditions, he stayed with his siblings and relatives in Libertad village, Santa Monica , Surigao Del Norte, the place where he was born, to recuperate.

On 13 March 2015 at 3:30 am, Diecena was waiting for Jesus’ nephew, Dionesio Sumilihig Jr. “Jun-Jun” to come and take her to Del Carmen Port , Surigao City . Diecena heard voices outside her nephew’s house and mistook the sounds to be of her nephew. Three plain-clothed police officers went inside the gate without permission. One of them pointed a gun and threatened Jun-Jun. Diecena was alerted to the police presence. She heard the angry voice of SPO2 Henry Sujian, saying “Asa si Dodong Instik?” “Where is Dodong Intsik?” When Diecena turned, she was shocked to see officers in civilian attire armed with a long firearm pointing at her. Diecena asked them of their purpose and one of them told her that they are police officers from the provincial office and they are there to implement an arrest order against her husband. She asked for a copy of the warrant of arrest, but they replied rudely.

Diecena’s son Ian, together with his minor younger brother were sleeping, but woke up panicked and frightened upon seeing the plain-clothes police officers with long firearms. Diecena followed her younger son towards the kitchen. She saw in the kitchen lights from a flashlight moving and seemingly positioning around. She heard persons shout “dia ra, dia ra!” “there, there!” and then gunshots.

Diecena ran outside thinking that it was her husband whom they fired at.

Upon turning to the corner of the house just below the height of the window, she saw her husband Jesus on the ground with blood, while surrounded by the three plain-clothed police officers.

Diecena shouted to the large built officer whose identity was later known as Police Senior Inspector (PSI) Julius L. Mojica, saying “tama na, tama na Dong! Dong tama na!” “Stop! stop sir!, sir stop!”. Even though Jesus was already on the ground, they still clubbed him with the butt of their long firearms, hitting his face and other parts of his body.
Diecena immediately rushed to Jesus and hugged him, intending for the police officers to calm down and instead just handcuff him.

But PSI Mojica forcibly held Diecena’s shoulder and dragged her away from her husband. Then one of the officers said, “buhi pa oh,” “He’s still alive”, then the former immediately stepped on Jesus’ nape and fired two shots to the back of his body.

Diecena felt extreme fear for her life and the lives of her children as well. Her children were very frightened and begging the police officers to stop. The police officers surrounding Jesus did not listen, while the other police officers were just maintaining their positions around the house.

With mixed emotions Diecena tried to embrace her husband, saying “tama na walang kalaban laban ang akong bana. walay armas!” “stop my husband cannot fight, he doesn’t have gun!”

But the police took Diecena away from Jesus and said, “You stubborn woman, I told you to leave”. Diecena knelt crying in front of the three police, saying “Enough sir!”, but PSI Mojica said, “he is still alive”, then he fired with his short firearm at Jesus’ head and two shots on the back of his body.

Afterwards Diecena was forcibly taken away from her husband and forbidden from going near him. She then looked at her husband and sensed he is dead because he was no longer breathing.

Inside the house, Ian was shaking in fear and crying. SPO2 Sujian, whom he knew in person pointed a gun at him, with a word to kill him if he tries to protect his father.

Seven armed police officers prohibited Diecena from going inside the house, while two plain-clothed police officers searched their house.

Together with the children, Diecena went to Jesus’ niece’s house. She returned minutes later to get her mobile phone, but when she looked at her husband she was shocked to see a gun placed near his hand; while he had been shot, he was not armed with a gun.

Some hours later, two uniformed policemen approached Diecena, together with Libertad village Chief Romualdo, and told Diecena to receive the arrest warrant. She refused, saying, “Sa purmirio pa untana inyo na gipakita para ako mismo magpasurrender saeyaha”. “If you show the warrant of arrest the first time, I should have asked him to surrender.”

SUGGESTED ACTION:

Please write letters to the authorities listed below expressing your concern about the case.

The AHRC is writing a separate letter to the UN Special Rapporteur on Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear __________,

PHILIPPINES: Police arbitrarily shoot victim

Name of killed victim:
1. Jesus Dumanjog, 47 years old and married. He is a farmer. He is residing in Alipao Alegria Surigao Del Norte.

Names of harassed victims:
1. Dionesio Sumilihig Jr. “Jun-Jun”, Jesus Dumanjog’s nephew.
2. Diecena Dumanjog, wife of Jesus Dumanjog.
3. Ian Dumanjog, eldest son of Diecena
4. Minor son of Diecena

Alleged Perpetrators:
1. PSI Julius Mojica team leader
2. SPO4 Anglo Ambid
3. SPO3 Cristituto Vallespin
4. SPO2 Henry Sujian
5. SPO1 Richard Ensomo
6. PO3 Francisco Gijal
7. PO1 Alain Andam Baylado

Date of incident: 13 March 2015
Place of incident: Libertad village, Santa Monica , Surigao Del Norte.

I am writing to raise my grave concern on the killing of Jesus Dumanjog.

On 13 March 2015 at 3:30 am, seven police from Surigao provincial police office, both in uniform and plain clothes, led by Police Senior Inspector Julius Mojica, came to Jesus Dumanjog’s relative’s house.

Diecena Dumanjog, Jesus’ wife was alert upon seeing one police officer pointing a gun and threatening Dionesio Sumilihig Jr. “Jun-Jun”, Jesus’ nephew. She heard the voice of SPO2 Henry Sujian, whom Diecena formerly knew. When she turned back she saw he was in civilian attire and armed with a long firearm pointing at her.

Ian and his minor brother, Jesus and Diecena’s sons, who were both sleeping, got panicked and frightened upon seeing civilian police with long firearms. Diecena followed her younger son towards the kitchen. She could see a flashlight moving and seemingly positioning around, and heard persons shouted “dia ra, dia ra!” “there, there!” and then gunshots.

Diecena saw her husband on the ground with blood, while being surrounded by three civilian police. He was clubbed with the butt of long firearms hitting his face and other parts of his body even though he was already on the ground.

She hugged her husband to calm down the police and instead handcuff him, but she was forcibly dragged away by Police Senior Inspector Julius Mojica. PSI Mojica immediately stepped on Jesus’ nape and fired two shots to the back of his body.

Diecena and her children begged the police to stop, but they did not listen. She knelt in front of three police. PSI Mojica recognized that Jesus is still alive and fired at his head and at the back of his body.

While Diecena and her children went to the house of Jesus’ niece for a few minutes, a gun was placed near Jesus’ hand.
Jesus’ family filed a murder complaint against the alleged perpetrators in 2015, but until now, the case is still pending at the prosecutor’s office.

A complaint was also filed at the Commission on Human Rights, but no action has been taken yet.

I urge you to conduct an impartial investigation into Jesus’ death, and suspend the involved officers during this time. Also, please ensure that the perpetrators are held accountable if proven guilty. The witnesses and families of the murdered victim should be given adequate protection promptly.

I trust that you will take appropriate action in these cases.

Yours sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Benigno Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Manila 1005
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

2. Mr. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 929 0102

3. Police Director Ricardo Marquez
Chief
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Camp General Rafael Crame,
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax +632 7248763
Email: feedback@pnp.gov.ph

4. Mr. Emmanuel Caparas
Secretary
Department of Justice (DOJ)
DOJ Bldg., Padre Faura
1004 Manila
PHILIPPINES
Telefax: +632 523-9548

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) (ua@ahrc.asia)

May 19, 2016   No Comments

Father and son tortured to admit to convenience store theft in Davao Occidental

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-047-2016

8 May 2016
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PHILIPPINES : Father and son tortured to admit to convenience store theft in Davao Occidental

ISSUES: Torture
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Dear Friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is deeply concerned that a father and son were tortured for allegedly stealing from a convenience store. They were interrogated and beaten up to admit to the crime. The perpetrators were members of the Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA).

CASE DETAILS: (Based on the documentation by Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP))

On 19 February 2016 at 8 a.m., 52-year-old Orlando Balyan Engo, a.k.a Kaido, was at his house at Malita, Davao Occidental, when his neighbor Ampong Bajenteng and three Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) members arrived.

Orlando was informed by Ampong and three SCAA members that he needs to come with them to the village hall for committing a crime. Orlando ’s grandnephew, Ian, was identified by Ampong and three others for stealing from a convenience store. Orlando argued and denied the allegation, because Ian lived far from his place.
As they were walking towards the village hall, they met Jerome, Orlando ’s son. Jerome was asked by the SCAA members to go with them. His hands were tied behind his back using an abaca rope. Upon crossing the river, Jerome was submerged in the water and stomped on twice. Orlando pitied his son because the SCAA members treated him like an animal.

Instead of going to the village hall, a SCAA member went to the detachment. He went on a motorcycle and asked Orlando to ride with him.

At the detachment, he saw Army Corporal Sandy Batolbatol and Ian. Orlando was asked to identify himself. Batolbatol started interrogating Orlando and forced him to admit to the crime. He denied involvement and explained that Ian does not live with them and lives far from his house.

Batolbatol asked Ian who commanded him to steal from the store. Ian pointed at Orlando . Batolbatol took a large hard wooden truncheon and beat Orlando ’s buttocks ten times. His left wrist was also beaten. Batolbatol then commanded Ian to beat Orlando . Ian was asked to hit hard, or else he would also be beaten. Ian obeyed and hit Orlando hard thrice. Orlando almost fainted from pain.

Orlando was then ordered to enter the detachment. The four SCAA members whom he had identified as Jerome, Kaloy, Bantam, and JP alternately punched and kicked him while he was seated. Batolbatol punched him on the chest and forced him to admit to the crime. Batolbatol took a M14 rifle, and pushed and twisted its tip into Orlando ’s upper stomach. Orlando shouted in pain. He called the name of the village chieftain whose house was near the village hall and detachment, but his shouts for help were not heard. Orlando ’s back was on the wall when Batolbatol pushed a truncheon to his neck and pushed him up until his feet were no longer touching the floor. Orlando struggled to breathe. His eyes almost popped out when he choked. He also sustained a cut on his head when he was slammed to the concrete wall.
Outside the detachment, buckets of ice with water were prepared. Orlando, Jerome, and Ian were made to sit on the steps in front of the basketball court. Ice cold water was poured on them. Orlando shivered from the cold. Ice was then placed on their buttocks, crotches, and armpits. They were told that if the ice cubes fell from their armpits, it will be placed inside their mouths. Water was placed inside Orlando ’s shirt which was tucked inside his pants. He was made to bend his head until it reached the water. Batolbatol only released the water when Orlando struggled to breathe.

Orlando was told to sit on a chair and was asked if he will return to the detachment. Orlando said no. Batolbatol told him to go the village hall where village chieftain Inday Alcordo and village Arbiter Toledo were. Toledo instructed Orlando to sign a document saying that he was a thief. Orlando signed the paper for fear that he will again be beaten if he refused.

After the ordeal, Orlando was very weak. He walked very slowly and sometimes almost crawled on his way home. Ian was able to catch him before he fell. Orlando asked Ian why he indicted him.

Orlando ’s neighbor saw him and called for help. Orlando was carried to his house and after an hour, was brought to the District Hospital in Malita for medical check-up. He also went to the police to blotter the incident.

According to Orlando , Jerome was also beaten. One of the SCAA members grabbed his hair, punched, and kicked him thrice.

After the incident, Orlando was not able go to work. His left wrist was aching after it was hit with a truncheon. He said he used to work daily and climbed coconut trees. He was not able to work after his ordeal because he felt constant pain in his stomach where it was pierced with the tip of a M14 rifle.

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SAMPLE LETTER:

Dear __________,

PHILIPPINES: Father and son tortured to admit to convenience store theft

Name of torture victims:
1. Orlando Balyan Engo, a.k.a. Kaido, 52 years old
2. Jerome Ejem Engo, 15 years old
3. Ian Bayab Engo, 14 years old

Alleged Perpetrators:
1. Army Corporal Sandy Batolbatol
2. Jerome
3. Kaloy
4. Bantam
5. JP
6. Ampong Bajenteng – Orlando Engo neighbor.
Five members of Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA)

Date of incident: February 19, 2016; 6A.M

Place of incident: Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) Detachment, Barangay Demoloc, Malita, Davao Occidental

I am writing to raise my concern regarding the torture of Orlando and Jerome Engo. On 19 February 2016 at 8 a.m., Orlando Balyan Engo, a.k.a Kaido, 52-years-old, had been informed by Ampong Bajenteng and three Special Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (SCAA) members that he had committed a crime and was to go to the village hall.

On their way, they met Jerome, Orlando ’s son. Jerome was asked by the SCAA members to go with them. His hands were tied behind his back using an abaca rope. Upon crossing the river, Jerome was submerged in the water and stomped on twice.

Orlando was then taken to the detachment instead of the village hall, where he saw Army Corporal Sandy Batolbatol and Ian. Orlando was asked to identify himself. When Ian was asked who commanded him to steal from the store, he pointed at Orlando . Batolbatol took a large hard wooden truncheon and beat Orlando ’s buttocks ten times. His left wrist was also beaten. Batolbatol then commanded Ian to beat Orlando hard, which he did, three times. Orlando almost fainted from the pain.

Inside the detachment, four SCAA members identified as Jerome, Kaloy, Bantam, and JP alternately punched and kicked Orlando . Batolbatol assaulted Orlando with a M14 rifle. Ice cold water was poured on Orlando, Jerome and Ian, and ice cubes were placed on their buttocks, crotches, and armpits. Water was placed inside Orlando ’s shirt which was tucked inside his pants. He was made to bend his head until it reached the water. Batolbatol only released the water when Orlando struggled to breathe.

Batolbatol then told Orlando to go the village hall where village chieftain Inday Alcordo and village Arbiter Toledo were. Toledo instructed Orlando to sign a document saying that he was a thief. Orlando signed the paper for fear that he will again be beaten if he refused.

Orlando was later taken to the District Hospital in Malita for medical check-up. He also went to the police to blotter the incident.

After the incident, Orlando was not able go to work. His left wrist was aching after it was hit with a truncheon. He said he used to work daily and climbed coconut trees. He was not able to work after his ordeal because he felt constant pain on his stomach where it was pierced with the tip of a M14 rifle.

I urge you to promptly investigate this case, and ensure that the perpetrators are prosecuted according to the law. Also, ensure that Orlando ’s family and relatives are given adequate protection in the case of prosecution.

I trust that you will take appropriate action in this case.

Yours sincerely,

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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Benigno Aquino III
President
Republic of the Philippines
Malacanang Palace
JP Laurel Street, San Miguel
Manila 1005
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 736 1010
Tel: +63 2 735 6201 / 564 1451 to 80

2. Mr. Jose Luis Martin Gascon
Chairperson
Commission on Human Rights
SAAC Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue
U.P. Complex, Diliman
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax: +63 2 929 0102

3. Police Director Ricardo Marquez
Chief
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Camp General Rafael Crame,
Quezon City
PHILIPPINES
Fax +632 7248763
Email: feedback@pnp.gov.ph

4. Mr. Emmanuel Caparas
Secretary
Department of Justice (DOJ)
DOJ Bldg., Padre Faura
1004 Manila
PHILIPPINES
Telefax: +632 523-9548

5. Atty. Leonor T. Oralde-Quintayo
Chairperson
National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)
Email: chairpersonsoffice@gmail.com

Thank you.

Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) (ua@ahrc.asia)

May 19, 2016   No Comments

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May 19, 2016   No Comments

Release political prisoners and resume peace talks, rights group urges Duterte

Press Statement

May 13, 2016

Reference: Cristina “Tinay” Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831

Angge Santos, Media Liaison, +63918-9790580

Release political prisoners and resume peace talks, rights group urges Duterte

http://www.karapatan.org/Release+political+prisoners+and+resume+peace+talks%2C+rights+group+urges+Duterte

As presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte prepares for the transition to assume the reins in July, Karapatan echoed the call to release all political prisoners and the resumption of the long-stalled peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

“We challenge the Duterte presidency to build on the people’s votes that was mostly repudiation of everything that is the ‘tuwid na daan’. He can start by junking Oplan Bayanihan and similar counterinsurgency programs and take the road to genuine peace by addressing the roots of unpeace and the ongoing civil war through the negotiating table,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

Karapatan said farmers and indigenous people, especially from Mindanao, have been calling for the immediate pull-out of military troops from their communities. Operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines have resulted to 318 killings and forcible evacuation of thousands under the Aquino administration, Palabay added.

“There are still more than 2,700 evacuees at the Tandag Sports Complex in Surigao del Sur and at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines-Haran in Davao City. The pull-out of military troops in their communities and the disbandment of paramilitary groups can enable them to go home,” she said.

Palabay also urged the incoming Duterte administration to release all political prisoners, 543 of them as of March 2016, who are detained on false criminal charges. Of the 543, 18 are NDFP peace consultants, whose protection under the GPH-NDFP agreement on safety and immunity guarantees have been violated. “He should likewise address the justice system—tailored to favor the moneyed and those with powerful friends and connections—as a means to curb impunity.”

There are 88 ailing and 48 elderly among the political prisoners, mostly poor peasants fighting for their land rights.

The Aquino regime, said Palabay, has wasted six years and the opportunity to address the long-standing causes of the armed conflict in the country. “We would like to see how the incoming Duterte administration can put his money where his mouth is.” ###

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Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights

2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts., Central District

Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101

Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146

Web: http://www.karapatan.org

KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.

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May 16, 2016   No Comments

​DUTERTE’S 8-POINT ECONOMIC AGENDA BUSINESS AS USUAL

MEDIA RELEASE | 13 May 2016

IBON Foundation | #114 Timog Ave. Quezon City | 9276986 | www.ibon.org

DUTERTE’S 8-POINT ECONOMIC AGENDA BUSINESS AS USUAL

The 8-point economic agenda of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte is an elitist neoliberal agenda, research group IBON said. It is good for big business at the expense of the majority of Filipinos and long-term national development. Its “business as usual” belies the clamor for change and, in repeating Aquino-era policies that drove this clamor for change, bodes ill for the incoming administration, added the group.

Duterte’s possible head economic manager, Carlos Dominguez III, who has rich mining background and is reportedly being eyed as the finance secretary, presented the incoming administration’s economic priorities. IBON said that the short list is revealing for what it said and did not say:

The agenda presented continues the Aquino-era pro-big business economic thrusts that according to IBON enriched a few while keeping tens of millions of Filipinos poor and dependent on government dole-outs. The agenda affirmed the focus on public-private partnerships (PPPs) whose lucrative infrastructure projects subsidize private profits with public funds.

The agenda prioritizes investors’ long-standing demand to open up Filipino natural resources, labor, and markets to greater foreign exploitation, said IBON. The group expressed alarm that as this is matched with a focus on promoting agribusiness and tourism in rural areas, there is also an apparent effort to make it easier for investors to assert property rights over land. Yet, stressed IBON, the agenda says nothing about resolving the enduring landlessness among millions of small farmers that keeps them poor.

According to IBON, there is a populist albeit justified demand to lessen the tax burden on a few million middle class income taxpayers. The group said however that “progressivity” in the tax system is misconstrued as mere inflation indexing rather than the raising of direct taxes on the rich and big corporations while reducing direct and indirect taxes on the poor.

Meanwhile, the thrust in education is narrowly to produce graduates that the private sector needs and, through college scholarships, increase the public funds going to private schools. IBON said that the public good would have been better served with a declaration to reverse decades of health and education privatization that has made these social services expensive and even inaccessible for millions of poor Filipinos.

IBON also said that the agenda fails to outline a real domestic job creation thrust based on agrarian reform, real agricultural development, and Filipino industrialization. The agenda fails to repudiate the accumulation of neoliberal economic policies and free trade deals that have kept the national economy so backward. Hence, said the group, the promise of an expanded conditional cash transfer (CCT) program becomes a ruse to continue with failed neoliberal policies. IBON noted that there was even no mention of decisively raising wages or ending contractualization.

The incoming Duterte administration could have used the post-election moment of euphoria to establish itself as pro-people and different from the outgoing Aquino administration. Yet the 8-point agenda instead seems hurriedly presented mainly to assuage the fear of domestic oligarchs and foreign investors that economic policies would change in favor of the majority of Filipinos rather than elites, IBON said.

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Coal Action Network and London Mining Network meeting in London

Hello friends,

I would like to invite you to a meeting, in London organised by the Coal Action Network and London Mining Network, looking at the UK’s coal supply chain.

From 22nd July to the 11th June an activist from the Russian group, Ecodefense, will be visiting the UK for a national tour. Vladimir is coming to discuss the implications for the Russian people, of the UK’s addiction to coal, as he tours with the Coal Action Network. 31% of the coal burnt in UK power stations comes from Russia.

We are holding a meeting between Vladimir and campaigners/ NGOs, at the Global Justice Now offices, on Monday the 23rd May, at 10.30am for up to three hours, to which you and your organisation are invited. The offices are at 66 Offley Road, London, SW9 0LS, the nearest tube station is Oval.

Vladimir will explain the current situation in Russia and take questions. The Coal Action Network will explore our findings from our new report Ditch Coal and explain our current work against the UK coal industry.

Ecodefense are a Russian organisation working to highlight the human and ecological abuses caused by coal mining, they also work on other issues such as nuclear power. Vladimir will discuss the reality experienced by the Shor and Teleut indigenous people’s who live in the main coal mining area for export, the Kemerovo Oblast.

There will be a performance of Buried Sunshine. A solo performance based on testimonies of communities who are fighting to keep their land against the rapidly growing opencast coal mines in Colombia. A dramatic tale of coal, courage and corporate criminals.
“it blew me away,” “incredible – from this particular story you told the story of millions of people from all around the world.”

it would be great if you could confirm by email that you plan to attend so that we have an idea of numbers. Please feel free to suggest other people who should be invited to this meeting.

Further details of the tour including dates are available on coalaction.org.uk/tour it would be really helpful to us if you could publicise these events. I will send round a complete listings when we have them.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Anne
Coal Action Network
07876532846

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FIGHTING THE MINING GIANT SPEAKER TOUR: 15-21 MAY 2016

http://www.waronwant.org/media/fighting-mining-giant-water-and-corruption-chile

Antofagasta Minerals is a mining giant that runs the Pelambres open-cast copper mine in Chile.

For almost a decade, the community of Caimanes in northern Chile have argued that the company has deprived them of a vital resource and fundamental human right: water.

Chile’s Supreme Court ruled in favour of the people of Caimanes, demanding the Pelambres copper mine demolish the Mauro tailings dam, which the community blames for diverting the natural course of the Pupío estuary. However, Antofagasta Minerals, through different legal strategies refuses to comply with the Supreme Court order.

In order to meet the energy needs of the Pelambres mine a hydroelectric project, Alto Maipo, also owned by Antofagasta Minerals (40%) was planned in 2007 and is currently under construction. The community of Cajón del Maipo claims the project endangers the irrigation waters for agriculture and accelerates the melting of glaciers and recharging of aquifers which will leave behind almost 400 square miles of barren land. The project threatens the safe supply of drinking water to 7 million people in Santiago and will do irreversible and long lasting damage to communities and the environment.

The community resistance is recognised as one of the most significant stands against mining companies in Chile. Join two of their leaders to hear about the latest efforts in defence of their rivers, their crops and their livelihoods.

As part of this speaker tour the following events have been planned:

1. Community Resistance to Mining and Hydropower Projects: Voices from Chile London (17 May)

Time: 18:30 – 20:00

Venue: Cass Business School – Room 2004, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

2. Fighting the Mining Giant: The Case of Caimanes and the Antofagasta Minerals in northern Chile London (18 May)

Time: 17:30 – 19:30

Venue: Institute of Latin American Studies – Gordon Room, G34, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

If you would like to attend this event, or for more information, please contact amy.penfield@sas.ac.uk.

3. University Of Cambridge Public Speaking Event Cambridge (19 May)

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue: Allison Richard Building, Room SG2, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

4. Public Event: Community Resistance in defence of water & Life London (20 May)

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Venue: (TBC)

This event has been organised in collaboration with Alborada

5. Public Event Sheffield (21 May)

Time: 15:00 – 17:00

Venue: (TBC)

Patricio Bustamante is an archeo-astronomist and one of the most important researchers on the Inca occupation in Collasuyu (Chena pucara – or eventually huaca – in Chile). About a decade ago, he denounced the loss of important archaeological pieces that occurred with the construction of the Antofagasta Minerals’ Los Pelambres mining project. Since then he has been working with Caimanes community to denounce human rights violations such as threats to life, security, lack of water and corruption. Patricio has given talks at several Universities around the world denouncing the atrocities committed by mining projects in Chile.

Mella Marcela Ortiz is a teacher, mother of 2 daughters, and Chairwoman of the Citizen Coordination of “NO Alto Maipo.” She has been part of the organisation since its founding in 2007 and is a member of the Cajon del Maipo community, which she has represented in resistance to the Alto Maipo project. She has organised and participated in marches and other activities related to social mobilisation against Alto Maipo and Minera Los Pelambres in Santiago and in the northern regions.

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Duterte challenged: End rights violations in the Philippines

From: PhilConcerns [mailto:philconcerns-bounces@humanrightsphilippines.net] On Behalf Of International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
Sent: Thursday, 12 May 2016 8:16 p.m.
To: philconcerns@humanrightsphilippines.net
Subject: [PhilConcerns] Duterte challenged: End rights violations in thePhilippines

Media Release
12 May 2016

Duterte challenged: End rights violations in the Philippines

As candidates concede to presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) today joins the Filipino people in calling on the next chief executive to end rights violations and give justice to victims (of all such violations) in the Philippines.

Duterte captured the support of the Filipino electorate clamoring for change –- a clear repudiation of the Aquino government’s failure to bring about real development for the impoverished people.

“We have seen this overwhelming support take shape in the lively campaigns organized by different migrant groups in our respective countries, in spite of the criticisms against him for his alleged responsibility for the Davao “death squads” and summary executions of alleged criminals”, Rev’d Canon Barry Naylor, Chairperson of the Global Council of the coalition noted.

With this, the ICHRP hopes Rodrigo Duterte will prove himself worthy of the votes he has garnered, as it joins the Filipino people in immediately calling to:

1. STOP all extra-judicial killings (EJKs), including the killing of Lumad people, attacks on communities and indigenous schools, among other human rights violations;

2. STOP vilification and harassment of human rights defenders

3. Release all political prisoners; and

4. Resume formal peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines

“The first 100 days of the incoming president is enough time to give him fair warning on rights violations and for him to ensure justice to those victims of violations committed by the outgoing Aquino administration (as well as previous administrations),” Naylor said.

“He should sincerely address the roots of the armed conflict and disallow another National Internal Security Plan, such as the failed Oplan Bayanihan, in bringing about genuine change in the land. Without justice there can be no peace”, Canon Naylor added in response to Duterte’s call for national reconciliation and healing.

The ICHRP will be co-convening an international rights conference on July 23-24 in Davao City , Duterte’s political bailiwick.

The conference will commemorate 40 years of the Algiers Declaration of 1976, the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Peoples.

International Solidarity Missions (ISMs) will visit several areas in the Philippines from July 16 to 20 before the conference, and follow up on the findings of the 2015 International Peoples’ Tribunal held in Washington , DC .

References:

Canon Barry Naylor
Chairperson, Global Council, ICHRP
Mobile : +44 (0) 775 785 3621

Peter Murphy
General Secretary, Global Council, ICHRP
Mobile : +61 418312301

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Days before the national election, three Talaandig Tribals killed –Katribu

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Subject: Another NR: Days before the national election, three Talaandig Tribals killed –Katribu

NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MAY 11, 2016

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Days before the national election, three Talaandig Tribals killed –Katribu

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Days before the national election, KATRIBU (Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamayan ng Pilipinas) received reports of killings among the Talaandig indigenous peoples by State Forces and paramilitary forces in two separate incidents from April 27 to May 6, 2016.

On May 6, 2016 at around 2pm, Datu Mansulbadan Lalinan, aged 64, was draining a small stream – a traditional method of fishing – when Mankolobi Bocalas, with two other men, came across him and shot him on the spot using an M16 rifle, carbine and a shotgun. He was hit in the chest and stomach. The incident happened in the remote area of Katigbaw, Talacogon in Agusan del Sur.

Mankolobi, together with his brother, Manlumakad Bocalas, were affiliated with the Dela Mance paramilitary group that has been terrorizing the municipality of Cabanglasan and the remote barangays of Malaybalay City. The Dela Mance have also been reported to be affiliated with the Alamara—a large paramilitary organization operating in the remote areas of Bukidnon, Agusan del Sur and Davao del Norte.

According to KATRIBU they also received report that on April 27, 2016, two Talaandig tribals, one of them a 6-year old boy were killed and wounded another in a military operation in Sitio Kaulayanan, Lirongan, Talakag, Bukidnon. The victim Michael Sib-ot was shot by four armed men who went after him after he ran out of his house to seek sanctuary in a church nearby.

Another, Romel Talian who also jumped out of their house and rolled down the hill was followed with gunfire and was hit on the buttock. Meanwhile, Edjan Talian, 6 yr. old, was hit and instantly killed by one of the men after arriving at the community to fetch water 200 meters away.

‘More than ever and as the leadership of President BS Aquino ends, we hold him accountable to all the human rights violations under his blood bathed regime ,’ KATRIBU said

‘We challenge president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to steer away from being the same monster that BS Aquino was.’ KATRIBU concluded. #

Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas (KATRIBU)
National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines

Room 304 NCCP Building, 876 Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue, West Triangle, Quezon City, Philippines

(02)412-5340 | kamp_phils@yahoo.com | katutubongmamamayan.org

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Makabayan Cordillera Press Release on Elections

Subject:
Makabayan Cordillera Press Release on Elections

Date:
Mon, 9 May 2016 20:09:43 +0800

From:
tracy anne dumalo <tracyannedumalo@gmail.com>

May 9, 2016

Press Release

Cordillera Elections marred by range of violations

Cordillera—Makabayan Cordillera holds the COMELEC and Smartmatic accountable for the problems in the voting processes. Elections closed with a huge number of disenfranchised voters who are unable to cast their votes mainly because of being unable to find their names in the COMELEC official list, despite being registered voters that had their biometrics taken and Voters Counting Machines (VCMs) malfunctioning.

Other Problems faced by voters in the city are:

1. Malfunctioning machines that fail to receive ballots
2. Malfunctioning machines that needed to be replaced
3 VCMs shutting down
4. Ballots are left to BEI while waiting for replacement machines
5. No receipts given to voters after casting their ballots
6. Different votes printed in receipts
7. Pre-marked ballots are given to voters
8. Rejected ballots
9. Power outages
10. Open receipt boxes

Despite the hours of delay caused by malfunctioning VCMs, COMELEC did not consider extending the voting hours especially in far flung areas of Abra, Benguet and Kalinga.

The COMELEC is to be blamed for the malfunctioning machines and the problems in the voting processes in the region. Despite the millions spent for this VCMs, it has remained as the number one cause of proble for voters being unable to cast their votes.

Multiple instances in the region where the BEI asked the voters to leave their filled ballots makes it open to electoral tampering, defeating the purpose of having printed receipts to verify their votes cast.

Reference:

Mila Singson

Makabayan Cordillera

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