Subject: An Open Letter to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino re: Extrajudicial
killing of WILLIAM BUGATTI
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:35:42 -0700 (PDT)
From: Canada-Philippines Solidarity <cps_hr@yahoo.ca>
Reply-To: mine-resistance@googlegroups.com
To: Pres. Benigno Aquino III <corres@op.gov.ph>, Pres. Benigno
Aquino III opnet@ops.gov.ph

CANADA-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CPSHR)
1-5687 West Blvd Vancouver, BC Canada
Email: cps_hr@yahoo.ca

March 26, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER
To His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
RE: The extrajudicial killing of WILLIAM BUGATTI

Mr. President,

The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights and the
Victoria-Philippines Solidarity Group join the call for justice for
William Bugatti and for all victims of extrajudicial killings. The
Philippine government is a party to human rights instruments and
international conventions and as such, it has the moral and legal
obligation to prevent and punish the practice of enforced disappearance
and extra-judicial killings.

WILLIAM BUGATTI, a Tuwali human rights worker, was shot dead by
unidentified assassins at around 7:00 pm on March 25, 2014 while on his
way home to his family. Bugatti was a Regional Council Member of the
Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, a Regional Council Member of
the Cordillera Peoples Alliance representing the Ifugao Peasant
Movement, and was the Provincial Coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist.

Bugatti had worked for his community and the people of Ifugao, mostly
marginalized peasants and farmers in land rights and environmental
protection issues and mining issues.

Mr. President, we noted that on March 27, 2013, we wrote you an Open
Letter re: Serious Threats Against Human Rights Workers and Development
Workers in the Cordillera Region with recent incidents of harassment,
surveillance and political vilification. In that Open Letter, we
mentioned individual human rights workers and one of them was William
Bugatti!

Following a fact-finding visit to the Philippines in 2007, then United
Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary
Executions Philip Alston wrote a scathing report indicting the
government and its security forces for pursuing an anti-communist
counterinsurgency strategy that deliberately targets legal personalities
or organizations it suspected of being rebel “fronts.” Among others,
Alston noted that this strategy includes the public vilification of
“enemies” and the use of so-called “orders of battle,” with many who are
included in these lists ending up victims of extrajudicial killings.

Mr. President, this is the height of State IMPUNITY! William Bugatti is
the third case of extrajudicial killing this month. This was preceded by
the Ligiw massacre on March 2 and the killing of Romeo Capalla on March
15. To date, 188 cases of extrajudicial killings have happened since you
became President in June 2010, including the 19 who were killed in this
year alone.

In your campaign, you capitalized on commitments to promote and protect
human rights, and emphasized the importance of ending extrajudicial
killings. But the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, enforced
disappearances, abductions, and other human rights violations directed
against those who are critical of the government walk freely and with
impunity under your watch.

We strongly urge you, Mr. President, to investigate arrest and prosecute
the perpetrators of and accessories to the extrajudicial killing of
William Bugatti.

We further urge you to:
1) Stop Operation Plan Bayanihan which is a declaration of an all-out
war against the people.
2) Stop the military’s vilification campaign against unarmed and legal
activists and progressive organizations, specifically linking them to
the New People’s Army, making them vulnerable to intimidation,
harassment and violence.
3) Take summary action against military commanders whose scope of
responsibility includes areas where extrajudicial killings take place
and against police superintendents who make no headway in investigating
these killings and other gross human rights violations
4) RESUME FORMAL PEACE TALKS with the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines NOW.

Respectfully,

– Canada-Philippines Solidarity
for Human Rights for Human Rights

– Victoria-Philippines Solidarity Group

Copy furnished:

Subject:     An Open Letter to Pres. Benigno S. Aquino re: Extrajudicial
killing of WILLIAM BUGATTI
Date:     Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:35:42 -0700 (PDT)
From:     Canada-Philippines Solidarity <cps_hr@yahoo.ca>
Reply-To:     mine-resistance@googlegroups.com
To:     Pres. Benigno Aquino III <corres@op.gov.ph>, Pres. Benigno
Aquino III <opnet@ops.gov.ph>
CC: doj.delima@gmail.com <doj.delima@gmail.com>, lmdelima@doj.gov.ph
< lmdelima@doj.gov.ph>, Sec. Voltaire T. Gazmin <webmaster@dnd.gov.ph>,
Loretta Rosales <rosales.chr@gmail.com>, General Eduardo SL Oban Jr
< bacsecretariat@dnd.gov.ph>, Peter Julian MP <peter.julian@parl.gc.ca>,
Cordillera Peoples Alliance <cpa@cpaphils.org>, Karapatan
< karapatan.pid@gmail.com>, International Committee for Human Rights in
the Philippines <icchrp@gmail.com>, Gail Davidson <lrwc@portal.ca>

CANADA-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (CPSHR)
1-5687 West Blvd Vancouver, BC Canada
Email: cps_hr@yahoo.ca

March 26, 2014

AN OPEN LETTER
To His Excellency Benigno Simeon Aquino III
RE: The extrajudicial killing of WILLIAM BUGATTI

Mr. President,

The Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights and the
Victoria-Philippines Solidarity Group join the call for justice for
William Bugatti and for all victims of extrajudicial killings. The
Philippine government is a party to human rights instruments and
international conventions and as such, it has the moral and legal
obligation to prevent and punish the practice of enforced disappearance
and extra-judicial killings.

WILLIAM BUGATTI, a Tuwali human rights worker, was shot dead by
unidentified assassins at around 7:00 pm on March 25, 2014 while on his
way home to his family. Bugatti was a Regional Council Member of the
Cordillera Human Rights Alliance-KARAPATAN, a Regional Council Member of
the Cordillera Peoples Alliance representing the Ifugao Peasant
Movement, and was the Provincial Coordinator of Bayan Muna partylist.

Bugatti had worked for his community and the people of Ifugao, mostly
marginalized peasants and farmers in land rights and environmental
protection issues and mining issues.

Mr. President, we noted that on March 27, 2013, we wrote you an Open
Letter re: Serious Threats Against Human Rights Workers and Development
Workers in the Cordillera Region with recent incidents of harassment,
surveillance and political vilification. In that Open Letter, we
mentioned individual human rights workers and one of them was William
Bugatti!

Following a fact-finding visit to the Philippines in 2007, then United
Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary
Executions Philip Alston wrote a scathing report indicting the
government and its security forces for pursuing an anti-communist
counterinsurgency strategy that deliberately targets legal personalities
or organizations it suspected of being rebel “fronts.” Among others,
Alston noted that this strategy includes the public vilification of
“enemies” and the use of so-called “orders of battle,” with many who are
included in these lists ending up victims of extrajudicial killings.

Mr. President, this is the height of State IMPUNITY! William Bugatti is
the third case of extrajudicial killing this month. This was preceded by
the Ligiw massacre on March 2 and the killing of Romeo Capalla on March
15. To date, 188 cases of extrajudicial killings have happened since you
became President in June 2010, including the 19 who were killed in this
year alone.

In your campaign, you capitalized on commitments to promote and protect
human rights, and emphasized the importance of ending extrajudicial
killings. But the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, enforced
disappearances, abductions, and other human rights violations directed
against those who are critical of the government walk freely and with
impunity under your watch.

We strongly urge you, Mr. President, to investigate arrest and prosecute
the perpetrators of and accessories to the extrajudicial killing of
William Bugatti.

We further urge you to:
1) Stop Operation Plan Bayanihan which is a declaration of an all-out
war against the people.
2) Stop the military’s vilification campaign against unarmed and legal
activists and progressive organizations, specifically linking them to
the New People’s Army, making them vulnerable to intimidation,
harassment and violence.
3) Take summary action against military commanders whose scope of
responsibility includes areas where extrajudicial killings take place
and against police superintendents who make no headway in investigating
these killings and other gross human rights violations
4) RESUME FORMAL PEACE TALKS with the National Democratic Front of the
Philippines NOW.

Respectfully,

– Canada-Philippines Solidarity
for Human Rights for Human Rights

– Victoria-Philippines Solidarity Group

Copy furnished:

Peter Julian
Member of the Parliament
House of Commons
Email: peter.julian@parl.gc.ca

Hon. Leila M. De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph /
soj@doj.gov.ph

Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Email webmaster@dnd.gov.ph

Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights
Email: rosales.chr@gmail.com

General Eduardo SL Oban Jr.
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
Email: bacsecretariat@dnd.gov.ph

*Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR)*
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(ICHRP-Canada)/ Stop the Killings Network (STKN-Canada)/ International
League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Canada)/International Women’s Alliance
(IWA)/ Coalition for Migrant Workers Justice (C4MWJ)/ Mining Justice
Alliance (MJA)
*Associate Member:*International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA)
*Proud Supporter* ofBayan-Canada and Migrante-Canada
Member of the Parliament
House of Commons
Email: peter.julian@parl.gc.ca

Hon. Leila M. De Lima
Secretary, Department of Justice
Email: lmdelima@doj.gov.ph /
soj@doj.gov.ph

Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin
Secretary, Department of National Defense
Email webmaster@dnd.gov.ph

Chairperson Loretta Ann P. Rosales
Commission on Human Rights
Email: rosales.chr@gmail.com

General Eduardo SL Oban Jr.
Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines
Email: bacsecretariat@dnd.gov.ph

*Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR)*
http://www.canadaphilippinessolidarity.org/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canada-Philippines-Solidarity-for-Human-Rights
<http://www.facebook.com/pages/Canada-Philippines-Solidarity-for-Human-Rights/179131284520>/
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*Member*: International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines
(ICHRP-Canada)/ Stop the Killings Network (STKN-Canada)/ International
League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS-Canada)/International Women’s Alliance
(IWA)/ Coalition for Migrant Workers Justice (C4MWJ)/ Mining Justice
Alliance (MJA)
*Associate Member:*International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA)
*Proud Supporter* ofBayan-Canada and Migrante-Canada