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Open Letter to Pres. Duterte

Dear Mr. President,

Much has been said about Ferdinand Marcos and his betrayal of the people’s trust as highest official of the land — he sold out our patrimony; he plundered the country; he ruled with terror; his regime, marked with thousands of human rights violations — you know it all, as we do.

Martial Law victims, kin on National Heroes’ Day: #MarcosNoHero #SurfaceDesaparecidos

“The best way to observe National Heroes’ Day this time around is to gather together and denounce the scheme to foist upon the Filipino people the fraudulent heroism of the late, unlamented Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos is no hero; he is, in fact, a heel – and that is an understatement,” Bonifacio Ilagan, convenor of the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang, said. Ilagan’s sister Rizalina were among those abducted and disappeared during the Marcos dictatorship.  

Drugs can be eliminated without curtailing rights

Karapatan Position Paper Submitted to the Public Hearing  of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights

August 22-23, 2016 | by Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, Karapatan


Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly stated that one of the biggest problems in Philippine society is the proliferation of illegal drugs and the evils that come with it. The heinousness of crimes brought about by drug addiction is undeniable - the rapes and murders of women and young girls, even babies and mothers, the butchered bodies, and all else inhuman. While it is true, that this problem should be cut to the core, the solution is not as easy as one would exterminate termites.

Peace Talks should pave way for Substantive Issues, Release of Remaining Political Prisoners

Karapatan welcomed the resumption of formal peace talks between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today, August 22, 2016, as "an important occasion in the struggle for just and lasting peace in the Philippines."

Karapatan welcomes release of political prisoners

Karapatan welcomes the release of thirteen political prisoners. It is optimistic that recently released consultants of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines will have a meaningful and substantial participation to the resumption of the formal NDFP-GRP peacetalks.


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